The best thing about Nelly Olson (on Little House on the Prairie) was that her parents owned a General Store and whenever she was on screen I got to take a peek behind her at the store. I love General Stores and have wanted to build a dollhouse replica of one for as long as I can remember.
You know, one with glass cabinets full of sewing notions and tiny open sacks of grain sitting on the floorboards. I'd line the walls with wooden shelves full of canned goods and bolts of calico fabric. (Okay, now I can't stop....) And I'd have matching glass jars full of penny candy and a big barrel of pickles..and a basket of kittens. Seriously, maybe it is time to start this project. I obviously know exactly what I want to create...
Anyhoo, equal to my passion for General Store dollhouses, is my Mom's passion for the real thing. Pretty much any abandoned building with a porch will garner a comment about how that would make a great General Store. So, in 2005, when we discovered Beeker's General Store in Pemberville, Ohio, we were hooked.
That is what made my book signing event in conjunction with their "Progressive Tea" all the more sweet. I took the photo above before the event started. I was really fun and exactly where I wanted to be. Thank you, Beekers!