Come behind the scenes once more with me on Dwelling City Takeover. At present we’re exploring the historical past of Jerry’s Barber Store in Wetumpka.
Jerry’s Barber Store was such a tremendous transformation. Try the “earlier than” photographs of the outside of Jerry’s store once we scouted it again in March 2020.
And right here it’s after the makeover!
The inside had a drop ceiling, fluorescent lighting, a burgundy border and CARPET. Sure, carpet. On the ground of a Barber Store. I’m sneezing simply excited about it.
However then Ben and Pharrell got here in swinging! As they chiseled away, many years have been peeled again, reveling stunning uncovered brick partitions.
Right here is the “After” pics, taken from that very same angle as earlier than. It’s fully reworked. I snapped all of those pics on the night time after filming was accomplished whereas it was nonetheless staged for the present.
The staff additionally uncovered the gorgeous unique transom window over the entrance door and breathed new life again into it.
On the opposite facet of the room this wonderful brick wall was hiding behind the outdated plaster! I received this subsequent photograph in a textual content message whereas I used to be in a gathering and my jaw actually DROPPED OPEN with an audible gasp. I knew instantly this challenge was going to be one thing tremendous particular!
It has probably the most stunning outdated brick with one thing that appeared like “Bros. Common” painted on it. It was onerous to learn, so I did additional digging to attempt to uncover the historical past behind this wall. I’ll share extra about that in only a bit.
Let’s see the ultimate “After” photographs!
These barber stations have been customized constructed for the present.
My husband was so excited to see his classic money register, gold-bladed fan and his 48-star flag from our basement displayed proudly on the present.
When Jeremy and I ended by the store to assemble our staging stuff, we snapped this selfie from one of many barber chairs. We have been so excited by how this challenge turned out!
If you’ve learn my weblog publish about our unanswered prayers to renovate an outdated storefront, you’ll perceive the thrill on our faces. It was like watching our goals come true, however on HGTV’s dime.
The wooden for the again wall was donated by the First Presbyterian Church.
Jerry had a lot of memorabilia from his years as a barber, so we put them in shadowboxes for him to maintain on show.
Didn’t this store prove so wonderful? I really like each little element of this area.
Right here’s a greater daylight view of the uncovered brick wall that was uncovered. Extra about that in a minute. First let’s discuss that checkerboard ground!
Are you able to imagine that is an Luxurious Vinyl Tile?? It was the right flooring for this area. SO. MUCH. BETTER than that outdated carpet.
The Historical past of Jerry’s Barber Store
I’ve accomplished a bit extra analysis and found the registration type for downtown Wetumpka to be added to the Nationwide Registry of Historic Locations. This type was chock filled with nice information in regards to the historical past of the city! Right here is the part about Jerry’s Barber Store:
In accordance with this, lots of the storefronts in Wetumpka have been constructed within the mid-to-late 1800 via the early 1900s. The storefront beside Jerry’s was referred to as Robinson and Brothers Common retailer. That constructing was inbuilt 1855 and the Barber store was inbuilt 1925.
So, when this constructing was constructed, this wall was really the outside of the Robinson and Bros Common Retailer. Their signal was painted on the surface of it till the Barber store got here alongside.
I simply love historic buildings. Don’t you?
The Bullet Gap within the Entrance Door
There may be additionally some very cool historical past that was hidden proper contained in the door of the store. Jerry advised Ben and Erin the story on episode 102 of Dwelling City Takeover, however when you haven’t seen it let me attempt to hit the highlights.
Again within the late 1800’s the native dentist received right into a shootout on the road exterior the store and a stray bullet went via the entrance door.
Ben and Erin took the door to Lengthy Leaf Woodshop, the place they have been capable of finding the place the place the bullet handed via. Wonderful!
The Design Workforce received this textual content from Erin exhibiting us the bullet gap. I laughed once I noticed this scene from episode 102 when Erin is snapping the pic to ship to us! I cherished little moments like this on the present.
And at last, right here is the tip end result. The bullet gap was solid in resin for future generations of Wetumpka to see.
Because the present aired, Mayor Jerry has determined to retire from the barbering biz! He offered the Barber Store and it’s now open to the general public as a bookstore referred to as Candy Dwelling E-book Store.
I’m so excited to listen to that Wetumpka now has a e-book store. Each small city wants a kind of.
And as a fan of Dwelling City Takeover, right here is the excellent news for you-
Now that it’s a retail retailer, which means you may go go to the within of the shop and see this attractive outdated constructing in individual for your self, no hair appointment vital! It’s a win/win!
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