Friday, December 8, 2017

Time Capsule Diner Hiding Out ...

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 I‘m having a very ‘Americana nostalgia’ day here at Enchanted Revelries HQ for some reason, which segues into today’s second time traveling discovery. I first spotted this retired mid-century diner in the archives of the Instagram account American Squares. “A junk store built around an old Woolworth’s diner on Magazine Street in New Orleans,” read the photo caption. But after a little digging, I’ve learned that it’s a junk shop no more, but something even better– a record store! And not just any record store…
Peaches Records first opened in 1975 at a location across town and quickly became a favourite local music hub in the city as well as a supportive home for the local hip hop community, helping launch the careers of Nola musicians.
Still a family-run business, run by the warm and eccentric Ms. Shirani Rea, Peaches Records’ secret to longevity is that it has always stuck with the local clientele, changing retail locations if they become too gentrified and moving to the neighbourhoods where tourism hasn’t pushed out the real community.
Four decades later, that place is 4318 Magazine Street, a former Uptown Woolworth’s store, which after all these years, still kept its authentic 1940s luncheonette counter in tact.
These things belong in museums. In fact, one Woolworth’s counter is actually preserved in the National Museum of American History, because it was at a counter exactly like this one that set the scene for the famous Greensboro sit-ins of 1960 (pictured), protests against racial segregation caused by Jim Crow laws, which led to the Woolworth department store chain removing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States.
Many of Peaches Records’ customers remember growing up going to Woolworth’s for lunch with their parents. Today, where they might have once eaten a lemon meringue pie, a local DJ is now spinning a rare 70s vinyl.

 If you’ve ever watch one of my favourite 90s movies, Empire Records, you start to get the feeling that Peaches Records might just be the real deal.
 It’s the indie record store every neighbourhood should have. Always welcoming touring musicians as well as nurturing and showcasing local talent, in 2014, Miss Rea (the Mama bear of Peaches, pictured above), was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the NOLA Hip-Hop Awards.
 Some customers love this place so much they even decided to get married at Peaches.
 And of course there’s the store’s resident bulldog Sir Winston Pepperbottoms, who can be found lurking in the classical music section.
As for the old Woolworth’s self-service diner, Miss Rea’s dream is not just to preserve it but to make it fully operational again.
“Food is at the heart of our city right there along with the incredible music it produces. We want to support the community and bring people together with music, food, and culture.”
 With increasing demand from community members for Peaches “to do something about the counter situation”, they launched a crowd-funding campaign to ensure the former owner allows them to keep the counter and pay for it to become a real luncheonette once again. The campaign still has a ways to go to see that happen, but thankfully for now, it doesn’t look like this historic counter is going anywhere.
If you feel so inclined, you can help support this local business with their time capsule diner project here. Right on.

Be sure to check out the other participants of Beverly's Pink Saturday blog hop! Lots of great ideas and eye candy! Just click here.

Now, go make something beautiful! 
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

Does anything make decorating for the holidays 
more enjoyable than a romantic moment? 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bad-Ass Cross Stitch Exhibit ...


When you think of cross stitch, you probably think of Bible quotes hanging off the walls at your grandma's house. And hey, there's nothing wrong with that, but for those of you who want a little spice from your embroidery, check out these badass examples compiled for a special needle arts exhibit in Long Beach, CA.

From crude comedy and crappy puns to gangster-themed patterns and good old fashioned insults, this awesome collection of alternative cross stitch will make you smile, although your grandma might not appreciate it quite so much.
Would you hang any of these on your wall? Let me know in the comments below!

Now go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥
 I think I need this in my bathroom!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Royal Splendor without the Versailles Hordes of Tourists ...

If you've been a reader here at Enchanted Revelries for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite places on earth is Versaille. We've made several trips there and I always find something new and breathtaking. However, you do have to put up with Versaille's 7 million visitors a year. So, when we're in Paris and I'm just not up to fighting the hordes, I’ve got my own little-known gem of the Parisian countryside that you’d find if you drive 15 minutes further up the road from the sun king’s famed royal residence. The garden is filled with 18th century follies that would have made Marie Antoinette green with envy, the library inspired Cecil Beaton for his My Fair Lady film set and the private”mini” theatre is modelled off a Baroque opera house in Germany. Set in a chic little town that could be mistaken for a medieval Provençale outpost, the Chateau de Groussay ticks all the boxes for a perfect Parisian day trip.


Let’s start with the cherry on the cake, my favourite of the Groussay follies; the Tartar Tent, a gorgeous painted metal pavilion with 10,000 Delft tiles covering the interior, inspired by an 18th century Swedish architectural folly.
The Chateau de Groussay itself was built in 1815 for the Duchesse de Charest, a daughter of the governess to Marie Antoinette’s children. It remained in the Charest family until the 1930s, when it was bought by an Italian arts parton, Carlos de Beistegui, who revamped the chateau and added the Anglo-chinese gardens with the elaborate pavilions including an al fresco theatre, the Tartar tent, an observation tower, a labyrinth temple and a pyramid.

When Beistegui died in 1970, the Château passed to his brother, and then his nephew, who sold it in 1999, earning $26.5 million for the contents alone.
In the library that inspired Cecil Beaton for My Fair Lady, you can still see the outline (above right) of the frames that once hung on the blood red walls before Beistegui’s nephew sold them.
Below is a painting of the library as it looked under Beistegui’s ownership…
Today the estate is owned by Rubis International, a local real estate agency. They do a pretty good job maintaining the place while keeping it open to the public for weekend visits and organising special events, festivals, and workshops.
The chateau’s private theatre is another very good reason to visit Groussay– not just to ooh and aah at it’s lavish baroque design, but actually to sit in the audience and watch a show. That’s right, this is still an active theatre and you can browse the show dates here on the Facebook page.
The next performances are scheduled on November 25th and December 9th. More here.

 Less than an hour from Paris, Château de Groussay is located west of the city in the charming town of Montfort-l’Amaury, reason alone to get out of the city for a day trip and imagine early retirement in this peaceful slice of French heaven.

Chateau de Groussay is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.  Directions & how to get there here.

To see all the other participants in Beverly's Pink Saturday Blog Hop, click here.

Now, go make something beautiful!   

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´? Tristan 

PS. For a bite to eat in town, I’d recommend La Caserne.