C.A. snapped a pic of me taking a selfie.
After we satisfied our coffee and appetite, we began exploring the many shops around historic Downtown Florence. One of the coolest places we went to, was the Court Street Market where we not only soaked in the rustic beauty, but we also got a tour by the owner, Carmen Erdmann. Court Street Market is the home of The Carriage of Court, where you can get wine, cheeses, flowers and more.
You can also get fresh, local produce from the in-house farmer’s market, Jack-O-Lantern Farms. The Court Street Market will soon house a coffee shop (and roaster!) juice bar and more. The back room is full of light and can house special events and celebrations. I absolutely loved the rustic charm of this building, with the exposed brick and beautiful wood. C.A. and I are already planning another trip for when the construction is completed on the rest of it.
After exploring the downstairs, Carmen led us to the second floor to meet the businesses upstairs.
The first, was designer Nadene – owner of Idyll-Wilde. She is a clothing designer, and amazing creative. She teaches workshops on a number of skills, including hand dying with indigo.
The other business upstairs is Earthside, a natural parenting shop. Not only can you find handmade products for natural parenting, but they also have a teaching and support element and a section of natural herbs and herbal products from Mothering Herbs. I was able to pick up some sample sized bottles of essential oil blends to take home and try in my diffuser.
After our tour of the markethouse, we continued down the road, visiting stores and window shopping. Then we came to Trowbridges.
Inside the walls were lined with shelves of wares all the way to the ceilings, and every where that you looked, there were photos of musicians with who I assume to be the owner of the store. You see, Florence and Muscle Shoals are right next to each other – only separated by the Tennessee River. This area is famous for the music that has been created here over the years, with artists from all over coming to capture that “sound” of the shoals. One of the celebrities that has visited the store? Goober! I just had to snap a picture with the autographed life-sized poster.
After visiting all of the shops, we decided to grab a late lunch/early dinner before getting back on the road. Neither of us were terribly hungry, so we didn’t want to get a huge meal from one of the many appealing restaurants nearby, and we opted to visit the Chicago Café.
We had a wonderful time and will be visiting Florence again!
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