Friday, June 27, 2008

Shopping & Lunch at The Bright Star

One of the ladies at my church invited me to go with her this week to Bessemer, which is a small town and part of Birmingham, to a place called United Textiles. I had seen their ads many times and wanted to visit, so it was fun to see it in person.
They are known for their large collection of rugs and they do have plenty.
Lamps and accessories are also in abundance.
I really liked this oil painting and at $179 was quite a good price for a large painting.
This bookcase with sort of a rattan inlay was $250 and very pretty too.

Upstairs held lots of lampshades at really great prices and lots and lots of fabric. I did find some bamboo Roman shades for my bathroom at a really good price.
Remnant tables held a lot of fabric for $4.49 a yard, quite a steal if you could find what you wanted.
And the regular prices of fabrics weren't bad either. These were fun prints.
They had quite a collection of toile in many different colors. I grew up shopping at fabric stores with my mom. I didn't appreciate it back then as much, but I sure do enjoy browsing fabrics now. All those pretty fabrics, waiting for something to be made....they sure can beautify your home.
Lunch was a real treat! I have been hearing about The Bright Star restaurant for awhile now and finally got to eat there. It is the neatest old South.
You can see they've been around for a long time.
I justed loved the feel of the place. When you walk in, it just has a very old-South, genteel feel, like an upscale Southern restaurant from the 50's. The walls were all wood paneled with a beautiful hand-painted mural that someone from Europe painted years ago. The waitress was an older lady and said she has been working there for 18 years. It's truly a landmark in this area and many people love it. I can certainly see why.
Lunch was $8.95 for shrimp and 3 sides. You cannot beat that deal! I'll definitely be taking my hubby back here, since we've been wanting to try it. And everything was as good as it looks.
Chocolate almond pie was the perfect finishing touch. With a homemade crust, it was to die for!
We wandered down the street to look at a couple of furniture stores in the old downtown of Bessemer. I loved this old storefront door.
We both thought this island was a really unique piece. It had a top that flipped over to make a table, but was a great sized island for a large kitchen. At $400 it was a pretty good deal too.
Downtown Bessemer.
On the way back we stopped by another place I have heard about, King Cotton, a wonderful fabric store.
They only have fabric samples hung on the walls and you have to order from them, but they really have quite a gorgeous collection of designer fabrics. They were sumptious!
The problem with going in fabric stores is that I see all these yummy fabrics I'd love to take home and who can afford to redo everything?! Not me....
Aren't these gorgeous?
I loved all these green and brown colors together. Such a nice combo.
They had some samples of drapery panels on the walls. I thought this top treatment was unique.
And of course, lots of fringe.

Thanks for going with us! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Fabric shopping is always fun to me. Now my creative side is trying to figure out where I can make a few little changes with fabric.

I'll be at the Deeper Still conference in Atlanta this weekend. Looking forward to being spiritually renewed. I'm using "scheduled" posts for the first time on Sunday and then I'll see you soon with an update!
Here's a little pet peeve of mine that I'd like to throw out there for y'all to think about. As far as comment moderation where you have to type in the letters and wait for the pages to load before the comment is saved, it takes SO much extra time for this feature, I would love to see less of that out there in blogland. I would be much more inclined to visit a blog if I don't have to wade through the comment moderation with all the extra waiting time. This drives me crazy! Not only the wait time, but trying to read and get the letters right. That doesn't always work the first time. It takes SO much longer to visit people when so many blogs have this in place.
Please think about removing that feature from your blog if you do have it. The BIG blogs out there do not use this feature at all, so I really don't see any reason to have it. I've never had it on my blog and have had very few problems with unwanted comments showing up. So, just something I thought I'd throw out there and hopefully some of you might agree with me & take it off of your blog. Thanks for listening!

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Lynne said...

I love to go in fabric stores. I see so many that I would like, but don't have any place to use them!

I love that black island - but again, no place to use something like that.

Maybe I need to move and start all over again!

Susie Harris said...

What a sweet roadtrip! I loved those lamps but most of all the fringe... ahhh. Love it. you always find the neatest places to take us. Would love to go there someday. Hope you have a blessed weekend and enjoy your retreat. Take care, Susie H~

Mrs. Trixi said...

What a neat place or places. We will be in B'ham in August and may just have to check them out. We have a ton of family in B'ham and are having our family reunion of sorts in August.

Southerner said...

The window treatment looks like a Pate Meadows pattern. I actually have that exact pattern, it is called the cuff top panels pattern. Pate Meadows is actually the two women's names put together. They are from Bessemer. The patterns have been used to make a lot of the Southern Living showcase home curtains.

Have a great time in Atlanta. You do know about Forsyth fabrics and the Ballards there??? They are close to one another if you have time. Take photos if you go so I can see if I need to rush and get in my car. I have been wanting to make a trip there.

Shelia said...

Rhoda,I'm back again. I was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, and know exactly where you're talking about. When we go back to visit relatives, I love to go to those fabric outlets. Oh, I'm so sad I just can't pop into the car and go along too! I sew and just love fabric! Seems you had a great time and lunch looked so good. Hadn't even had breakfast yet! Be a sweetie, Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Loved the lamp in the first photo.

Loved looking at all that fabric.

Yummy looking shrimp ours here in the NE I have to say is soooooo good !!

Have a great time.
Kathy ;)

ps I so agree with the comment moderation, but also understand the need !!

Brown-Eyes said...

Enjoyed your blog today as usual...Sending wishes your way for a safe and enjoyable trip to Atlanta. :-) Brown-Eyes

Tanya said...

Love the fabric store pics...I could spend all day in there. Looks like a fun trip!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

I am drooling over these luscious fabrics. I want to go fabric hunting soon. I am a long time reader of your blog. Just thought I would say hello.

Magpie Interior Design said...

I SO need to move south! Ya'll (hee hee) have such great thrift/salvage/fabric/etc. stores down there.

Not really computer saavy, but I think I know what you are talking about with the slanted letters you have to copy (right?). I don't know if I can change that option on my own or why it is even there, but if I can get hubby to do it, I will! I will support your cause! LOL.

Brenda Kula said...

Thank you, thank you! For bringing up the issue about blog comment sections! I have such a pet peeve with this. I'm menopausal and grumpy enough. But I can't get those little letters in there right half the time. I waste SO much time trying to get it straight. And something else, those who use Blogger, please give commenters the option besides signing into Google. Please! I'm sorry for ranting. I had so much to say about this lovely post. Now it's going to be too long. Anyway, that's some down-home cookin'. Love the toile. And oddly enough, I just posted about fabric myself!
xoxo, Brenda

Steph said...

Love those fabrics!
I never had any type of comment moderation on my blog UNTIL yesterday! I got 5 or 6 comments right in a row that didn't need to be there! It seemed like they all came from another country also. It was really weird, so I just turned on the letter verification thingy! I will keep it on at least until I am done with taking entries for the book give-away!

PAT said...

Great looking fabrics. Looks like you had a great time. The meal looks delicious.

I had just the letters for a short time, after receiving several "robot" comments. I don't like typing in the little letters, but understand why they're there, I guess. I took mine off after about a week.

However...I utilize comment moderation in the form of the approval by moderator. I didn't think I would stay with it long. It's been active a few months. The reason I started using it, was a message filled with terrible language. I was lucky to be home, instead of the lake, when I received the comment. That isn't always the case. We plan to be at the lake more often, now. Internet access is just around the corner. We just voted on it and the company is making the neccessary changes. When that comes online, I will remove the approval option or discontinue it, since I plan to have a computer in one form or other at our lake place. I just am not comfortable leaving home without that approval thing activated. I've received other comments, since activation, I would rather not have on my blog for several days.

I feel I am at the mercy of not very nice folks when I'm unable to delete comments that are less than nice or downright nasty, right away. How many times can the F word and others, be used in a paragraph!

I hope my readers will stay with me, until I can get set up at the lake.

Have a wonderful time this weekend, Rhoda. Travel safe.


Billy & Ann said...

I enjoyed your road trip.

On the comment thing. I am a new blogger and set mine with the letter verification thing and the moderate messages thing. I just did not know what I would get if I didn't and was afraid not too. Of course I don't get very much traffic on my blog anyway since it is mainly for letting our family and friends know what we are up to with our mission trips.

I too really hate those letter things. Some of them are hard to read and sometimes I have to try 3 times to get them right. Anyway, at your recommendation I have removed the letter verification from my blog. I'll see how it goes.

BTW I love your blog.

Beverly said...

Such great places to shop for wonderful decorating items.

Enjoy your time away.

Bonita said...

How funny! When I was growing up my cousins lived in an old mill house neighborhood and they had a little hamburger joint nearby called The Bright Star. It was the kind where you could dine in the very small diner with red vinyl seats or you could dine in your car with curbside service. They had the best burgers with chili and slaw and great fries. And the cherry Sundrop was soooo good. It's only been in the last year or two that they finally closed the doors.

Loved seeing your pictures, especially all of that beautiful toile!

Valarie said...

We have a "King Cotton" up here also! I like going in there and looking at all the fabric. It does get a little overwhelming for me though, all the choices.

I don't have the word verification, but I do have it where I moderate the comments. Only because I had gotten a few that I really didn't want out there on my blog.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Some of my favorite spots!
I have left plenty of $$ at United Textiles~ and left happy with a convertible full of rugs!

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

I have a "thang" for fabric. I just can't get enough "gawkin" at it. =)

Oh and HEAR, HEAR to no more letter verifications on blogs! I do not like having to jump through hoops to give someone comment love.

Leigh said...

Your shopping trip looks fun. Did you see the big old Train depot in back? BEUTIFUL! I also love Bright Star.

I am so high fiving you on the comment moderation thing. I had the numbers and letters thing on there and got so sick of other blogs with them, I removed mine. MONTHS ago-I have yet to have a "robot" visit.
SAVE ALOT of time.

SO glad you put that you there.

Maureen said...

Boy that pie looks fantastic.I refuse to eat pie unless it has a homemade pastry crust! Looks like a fun day. I see you brought up something we discussed last week on the telephone, and I'm all for it. I haven't had nearly enough time to visit all of my favorite blogs of late, and it really takes a lot more time when I have more things to type! I think we have sufficient control with comments because we can remove them, however, unless something is spammy or truly offensive, I have decided to leave them all in place so my blog is more authentic. I have even thought of allowing comments altogether to simplify things, allowing readers to contact me via email. Last note- I see that you caught my watermelon post before I could give you a heads up that I mentioned Southern Hospitality-- glad you saw it!

Maureen said...

Oops..make that "not allowing" comments......

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Rhoda, you are reading my mind! Everytime I go to comment on a blog and see that word verification feature, I slump down in my seat a little. I know it's going to take me at least 2 tries to get it right. Urrggghhh! Another pet peeve for me, though, is the e-mail feature. So many people don't have their e-mail enabled, which would be fine, but then they'll ask a question about something I've posted and I go to "reply" to their e-mail only to see "no reply blogger" or whatever. Usually AFTER I've typed up the whole message. Irritating. It really is.

But moving on...loved your tour thru Bessemer. Could have done without the picture of the food, though. WAY.TOO.TEMPTING. lol

Enjoy your time in Atlanta!


Catherine said...

Oh, I love fabric, not just any fabric, but quality cotton.... and you have so many nice fabric pictures! I haven't been to United Textiles yet, but I know the Bright Star well. My husband's grandmother lived in Bessemer all her life and was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church nearby. We used to eat at the Bright Star when we visited. I had forgotten about United Textiles until I saw the commercials recently. I do love your blog, as it reminds me of all the wonderful places I love to visit, but always forget about.

Brandee said...


Thank pie looks so good right now!

I didn't know you could change the letter thing when making comments. Do you know how to change it?

Brandee :-)

justabeachkat said...

Wow...what a fun day. I've never been to Bessemer, but it looks like my kind of place. And that food. Oh good gracious! Yum oh!

So glad you mentioned about the comment letter thingie. I hate it! I mentioned the same thing recently on my blog. It sure slows things down and I try to visit so many blogs and want to keep on moving.

Have a safe trip. Can't wait to see you on Monday night.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Loved your shopping trip and your lunch!

Sandi McBride said...

I would just love to hop in a car and go off with you looking in all the different specialty shops and fabric stores...I tend to get lost in wallpaper stores, too. By the way I prepared a lovely Italian Chicken dinner the other night when Evil Sister and BIL were was as wonderful as you promised, evidenced by the fact that not one bite was leftover for poor Mac to lunch on the next day, lol!

Cottage Rose said...

Hey; thanks for the trip, I just love the fabric shops. I am a fabric nut!! I buy lots when I can, an Rod my hubby is always asking what is it for. Well I don't know but I will have when I do. That drives him nuts. And the shrimp, wow it looked yummy. Have a great weekend.


Janet said...

Ah, I love to look at fabric and i haven't sewn in many, many years.

About your pet peeve...I removed mine quite a while ago and I have had only one "bad" comment. I was so tired of typing in the letters, being positive I got it right and then it would reject me and I would start all over. makes you feel like a bit of a loser, ya know!


Nancy Hood said...

I love coming to your site, Rhoda. It's always beautiful and I leave with a smile on my face :)

Mary said...

That was so much fun! Thanks for taking us along. I'm with you on comment moderation. I've never used it, and only ever had one or two unwanted comments.
Enjoy your weekend, Rhoda!

Miss Sandy said...

I hope your retreat is refreshing! Thanks for the shopping spree, the fabrics are luscious and the lunch delicious, and the company delightful!

Donna said...

Hi Rhoda,
What great shopping places! United Fabrics reminds me of a place that I shop at in Raleigh.
And your lunch looks yummy! Great restaurant!

windycorner said...

That was one fun shopping trip. All the best thingls: fabric, antiques, and food. Agree with you about the moderation thing. Those letters drive me crazy, but I'll bet most people don't know how to change it. Have a wonderful time in Atlanta.

proudgrits11 said...

I'm drooling, over the food and the fabric!! Thanks for the thought about the word verification--I hadn't even thought about it, but I took mine off of my blogs! You're right, it makes it hard to blog-hop and leave comments--who's got all that extra time??

ancient one said...

Loved the trip to the fabric do have a very interesting blog...

I do the verification letters in spells... when I get those weird comments I do it for a while then stop ... as soon as another weirdo comes by to comment I go back to it again...right now it is on... you do what you have to do... sorry!!

jennifer said...

OMG-osh the Black eyed peas and Macaroni and Cheese looked so good.

Tammy of Greek Grits posted recently about Bright Star. She enjoyed her meal too!

Looks like a lovely day.


jennifer said...

Oh! And I took my word verification off a couple of weeks ago when one of my readers complained. I didn't mind and it hasn't affected my blog one bit.

Jen again

Rue said...

I really wish I could sew when I go into stores like that. The material screams for someone to be creative with it, but yells at me not to take it LOL

That island is to die for!!

I have that pet peeve too LOL


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh I love all that fabric!!! It's so nice to see shops in other parts of the country!

I agree with you about that letter verification thing! I hate it and I've never had it on my blog. I feel like I would leave more comments if I didn't have to do that. Would it be okay if I copied that portion of your post and put it on one of my posts? (I'll let everyone know it came from your blog) I think it would be really good to get the word out.

Jen r. said...

Oh Rhoda, I wouldv'e died and gone to heaven! What a great places to shop! Jen R

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Great pictures Rhoda.
I think I ate at the Bright Star a few years ago! I had forgotten about it.

I removed the feature you mention from my blog, and so far haven't had any problem with undesirable comments...hopefully it'll stay that way!

Tammy said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my place. The Bright Star is truly one of my favorites of all time.

Your blog is so pretty and the photos are just beautiful. I sure could use some decorating in my life! :-)

Becky K. said...

I am in agreement about the letter recognition. I had it for a while but ended up just moderating the comments so don't have a need for the letters. I only get strange things every once in a sense in having double security.

I have to tell you...While there wasn't the selection you had to choose from, our Wal-mart is getting rid of the fabric section. All of the bolts of fabric and any measured ribbon, etc. were 75% off. I got several great fabrics for $1.50 per yard. I would have loved that large fabric store you visited.

Becky K.