I went to Talladega a few days ago to perform some due diligence before beginning the “big build.”
Did we need a building permit? (surprisingly no).
Are there any other restrictions on building? (based on the answer to question #1, less surprisingly no).
While I was at the Talladega courthouse, I also wanted to explore and see what additional, local resources I could uncover to help with other aspects of the project. I was certain that the local diner across the street would be a wealth of information. While empty of patrons due to the tween hour between breakfast and lunch, the waitresses at the Café Royale were more than helpful and offered a few nuggets of information regarding possible contractors and local artisans.
But it was when I wandered into a local art gallery and studio that I hit pay dirt from a knowledge and creativity perspective. Mother-daughter team Marie and Lindsey Moses run LMO & Company on the Talladega town square. From the exterior, few signs gave away the treasure trove that exists inside, but treasures there were.
Marie immediately spouted off a list of contractors with the various skills we were seeking to really get things moving. Having grown up in Alpine, right around the corner from our property, she also had local tidbits to share about the history, lore and people of the area. She told me about the covered bridges and grist mills to be explored — complete with music on the creek, restaurants and other amusements. She educated me on the legend of the “Sleeping Giant,” the Native American tale about the nearby mountain range (a mashup with elements from both the star-crossed Romeo and Juliet and the lava mountain lore of Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii).
In addition to all the great information, the ART contained within the walls of this combination gallery and studio took my breath away. Artists were local, regional and in some cases from the big city (NYC) but with ties to the Talladega area. Marie, Lindsey and dad Gary all also create: pottery, mosaic glass work, colorful pendant lights and home furnishings made from reclaimed and recycled materials.
Lindsey was certain she would never come back to Talladega after graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in graphic design but found the potential and pull of her hometown too great to stay away. A year ago, she opened LMO & Company as she saw downtown Talladega springing back to life.
Showing great restraint, my purchases were limited – for the moment – until I can unpack what’s in storage to determine what I can fit into the décor and footprint at Hand in Glove (I have my eye on the lamp fashioned from copper piping and glass electrical insulators, the found object light fixtures, the skillet face art, and the intricate table top/wall hanging). Suffice it to say, I will be back. Not just for the art, but also for all the colorful local stories and resources my new “friends” Marie and Lindsey have to share.
LMO & Company is online at Facebook.