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  • inspiration: old stomping grounds

    I'm back in my hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina for the holidays, and I've been out & about hitting up some old haunts and I'm happy to see it seems like Greensboro's doing well. In particular, I've been spending time in a little pocket of Elm Street, downtown, and I thought I'd share some of the goodness with you.

    One of my favorite spots to hit up when I was in high school was a vintage shop called Design Archives. They've moved locations a couple of times since I moved away, but their current spot at 342-344 S. Elm Street is half Design Archives vintage shop, half handmade emporium with booths full of handmade goods and art by local vendors and designers. While I miss the old giant location of my high school years, this might be my favorite incarnation of Design Archives to date. The handmade emporium is kind of hard to beat. (storefront photo from the Design Archives website)

    I picked up a really cute print by Heart & Craft while I was there to remind me of my home state once I'm back in Seattle. I love everything this husband and wife team is doing.

    (here's the listing, if you're hankering for one of your own)

    I also popped into a shop on the next block called Just Be (352 S. Elm Street), and I'm glad I did. They carry a really nice product mix, some strictly local stuff and some larger nationally-distributed independent companies as well (I was happy to see some products from Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress, of Bellingham, WA in there). Their website is also an online store, if you're too far away to make it to the brick-and-mortar location.

    This pocket of Elm Street is also home to one of my favorite local coffee places, The Green Bean, and my favorite yarn store in Greensboro, Gate City Yarns. Should you ever find yourself in Greensboro, make sure you save some time to make it downtown!