A Splendid Shindig

Over the past weekend, I attended the grand opening event of a local business – Piper & Leaf – at the iconic Huntsville’s Lowe Mill.


Lowe Mill is a beautiful old textile mill nestled in a residential area of Huntsville. An interesting fact about Lowe Mill that many don’t know, is that the boots of every soldier of the Vietnam war was made in Lowe Mill.

Now that the factory is no longer producing footwear, this beautiful old structure has been converted into one of the largest art communities in the Southeast.

The main building houses three stories of shops, studios and more.

Spendid Shindig at Lowe Mill-1

Spendid Shindig at Lowe Mill-1-1

And of course, on the main level you have my favorite tea people!

Splendid Shindig at Lowe Mill Tea This Way

This special event had the feel of an old time country fair – minus the animals.

Splendid Shindig at Lowe Mill Canopy

There was music from our local Chris Wade and others.

Splendid Shindig at Lowe Mill Chris Wade

Fun for the kids included sack races and hula-hoops.

Splendid Shindig at Lowe Mill Sack Race

Inside, I explored some of the shops…more in the video below.

Splendid Shindig at Lowe Mill printing

Have I mentioned the tea & watermelon? Isn’t this adorable? This lovely event was like stepping back in time a bit. Such a fun time.

Splendid Shindig at Lowe Mill Watermelon Jeep

Selfie station!


Kind words.


All in all it was a lovely afternoon.


See more of Lowe Mill, the Splendid Shindig and the goodies I brought home in the video here:

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  1. Susan says

    This place reminds me of a similar one we went to in Canada – St. Jacobs, Ontario, if I recall correctly. We’ve also been to a similar place in Recife, Brazil, where they repurposed a prison as a craft market. Great concept, great way to keep that kind of place in memory.

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