Lunch, a New Salon-Boutique and Mural on the Square

It is an icky day.  It’s so humid, it’s just flat wet.  I guess that’s a good thing because it was supposed to be 90 degrees today.  Instead it’s 72 and we’d really do better with gills than lungs.  There were a lot of people on the square today though.  I don’t know if there would be so many if it were hot.

We took a casual stroll down to the square today for lunch and managed to get to The Pantry Restaurant this time.  It seems like we’ve always had terrible timing, either wanting lunch early or late and we’ve never been able to get in before.  The Pantry is open 7 days a week from 11 to 2:30.  Hard to believe we’ve always missed it, I know. It’s been there since the 80’s.

It was packed.  The line very rarely got much shorter. There was just a constant stream of people.  I wonder how they ever shut down in the afternoon. The sandwiches were good and the pies, as advertised, are great.  The atmosphere is fantastic.  With vinyl tablecloths that look like old newsprint and straight-backed wooden chairs with woven straw seats, it looks like an old country cafe.  We’ll definitely have to make a point of having lunch there again (and again, and again).

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After lunch, we walked up and down and all around the square and here’s what I saw that was new:

There is a new salon boutique called Texture In The Square.  It is next door to The Pub, where Rethink The Cube used to be. There were people inside, some getting their hair done and there is product out on the floor.  It looks like it is open for business but just hasn’t been all arranged yet.

Texture In The Square Salon Boutique

Texture In The Square Salon Boutique

The space where Doll Haven used to be is being worked on. It was just a tiny little store but had beautiful display windows.  The store next door to it had been empty for as long as I can remember, but it had the same style entrance.  Well, now it looks like someone has taken out the wall between the two shops to make one good sized space.  They’ve also redone the back wall to increase floor space.  It’s going to look great and I can’t wait to see what is going to come in.

Gigi’s Cafe & Bakery has a permit in their window for machinery, so I assume that means that they are installing their appliances.  There’s tons of new furniture still in shrink wrap.  Looks like it may be a kind of modern/contemporary kind of motif?

We talked to the owner over at Vintage Toys & Games over by The Antique Company Mall and he said that the old title company building has been purchased by a law firm that is currently officing just off of the square.  I think he means The Wormington Law Group that is over on Lamar Street. They will also have some space for an energy company but he didn’t know which one.

My favorite find this weekend is this new mural on the side of the My Favorite Room building.  This is in the same alley with the green door that is very popular with photographers, the one that says 216 E. Virginia. I have a feeling that this may be a new popular backdrop.

New Mural for My Favorite Room

New Mural for My Favorite Room

So, the sun is thinking about peeking out and I think a nap may be in order.

I love Saturdays.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

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