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Historic Newberry South Carolina Holiday Open House

If you’ve wanted to go antiquing in Newberry, South Carolina, now is the time as we celebrate the holiday season with a Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown! The Newberry Holiday Open House runs from the evening of Thursday November 15 through Sunday November 18, 2018.  EuroLuxHome.com is joining the party with a 15% discount on all the antiques at our EuroLux antiques store on Main Street. Newberry SC Holiday open house

Businesses participating in the Open House roll out the welcome mat with refreshments, drawings, door prizes and sale prices. If you are looking for a Thanksgiving centerpiece or the perfect gift for a relative, this is the time to explore Main Street and the Historic District.

If you’re making your list and checking it twice, the Newberry Holiday Open House helps you get ahead on shopping for holiday gifts. Many business will offer longer opening hours to welcome in the holidays. Also enjoy a meal at a restaurant to help you get into the festive spirit before shopping… or afterward to celebrate your wonderful purchases!

Newberry SC Christmas tree lighting

As the icing on the Christmas cake, don’t miss the Main Street Lights and the lighting of the Christmas tree on Friday November 16, 2018. We get into a nostalgic holiday mood between 5 pm and 6 pm, listening to caroling at the tree by members of the Southern Victorian Society, dressed in full replica Victorian era clothing. The official lighting ceremony begins at 6:15 pm, showcasing local school choirs, then we join in the countdown to light the town at 6:30 pm!  Wandering carolers from the Newberry College Madrigal Choir add to the magic all evening. You can also stop by for a FREE showing of the movie Polar Express at the Ritz Theater at 7:30 pm.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims

Here at EuroLux Home antiques store at 1409 Main Street, we’ll offer a 15% discount throughout the Holiday Open House. You will easily recognize us by Kathy’s collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims in our store windows!

We have lots of beautiful antique French furniture that we’ve brought back from our antiques buying trips in Europe, as well as smaller pieces of home decor from vintage chandeliers to kitchenware.

The hours for the Historic Downtown Newberry’s Holiday Open House 2018 are:

  • Thursday November 15: From 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Friday November 16:  From 10 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday November 17: From 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday November 18: From 1 pm  -6 pm

If you don’t live nearby so you can’t join in the Holiday Open House and come antiquing in Newberry, keep watching our blog to hear about a cool holiday discount at our online store. That way, you can find the perfect unique piece of furniture or decorative accessory for your home wherever you live!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Newberry Oktoberfest: Celebrating our German Heritage

Oktoberfest Newberry SCWe are convinced that our local Newberry Oktoberfest is the best in South Carolina, giving us all a chance to celebrate our German heritage in historic Downtown Newberry. I hope that you will come visit and see for yourself one day, maybe even this year?

The Newberry Oktoberfest party fills the streets on the first Saturday of every October, which means that for 2018, we are celebrating on October 6 from 10 am to 6 pm. The entertainment is free and everyone is welcome. We have a small town vibe and we are known as the City of Friendly Folks for a reason…. we love meeting visitors and you’ll be given a warm welcome!

If you want to know what to expect at Newberry Oktoberfest…. read on! I took these photos in previous years, to give you a taste of the event.

Newberry Oktoberfest

Many people dress up for the occasion and there is also a hotly contested Best German Traditional Dress Contest. This handsome couple certainly looks the part!

Newberry Antique Store Oktoberfest

This is inside our EuroLux antiques store at 1409 Main Street. Definitely come in and say hello to us any time you come to Newberry… You don’t have to be in costume!  Our 1910 Art Deco building is easy to find as we have a big sign outside that says “Antiques.”

EuroLux Oktoberfest 2018The Oktoberfest festival is a wonderful oompah party with free entertainment including polka music.  This year the music includes old favorites the Three Dot Polka Band and the Reggie Sullivan Band.  You can also enjoy free puppet shows at the Ritz Theater.

Newberry Oktoberfest vintage cars

Newberry Oktoberfest foodGreg especially loves the annual Midlands SC Muscle & Classic Cars show.  Don’t miss the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile!

And of course, we all enjoy a few cold beers in the biergartens and all the delicious German food, such as  schnitzel, sauerkraut, bratwurst, German potato salad, liver nips (liver dumplings) and lots of sweet treat baked goods.

Kids have fun with free activities in Kindertown, including carousel rides, a 50-foot obstacle course, an inflatable fun park, human bowling, face painting, a rock climbing wall, and crafts.

Arts and crafts vendors will also line the streets, selling all kinds of interesting and unusual items. If you are in the area during Oktoberfest, come on down, sing, dance, eat and have fun and wish us all Prost!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Newberry Groove ‘N BrewFest

Groove n brew logo NewberryThe first ever Groove ‘N BrewFest is a 1970s/80s music and craft beer festival that will rock Downtown Newberry, SC, on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

I am excited about it because I am Vice-President of the Newberry Downtown Development Association, a collection of enthusiastic residents, business and property owners who want to make Downtown Newberry a better place.

Earlier this year, we held a retreat where we challenged ourselves to do something really big to improve our local economy. We decided that if our local historic theatre, The Ritz, was a fully-functioning business as a concert venue/movie theatre, that it would significantly increase foot traffic Downtown, which would in turn, attract more businesses to locate here.

So we decided to hold a street festival as a fundraiser to collect a pool of funds for economic development grants. We are hoping that the Newberry Community Players, who own The Ritz Theatre, will be our first grantees. We’d like to be able to purchase them a permanent sound system so that they can have more events, raise more money, and little by little restore and revitalize this historic Art Deco building from 1936.

Groove n BrewFest Newberry Poster

This is the story behind Groove ‘N BrewFest — a 70s/80s music and craft beer festival that will happen on Saturday, April 7th from 1 pm to 10 pm in Downtown Newberry. We will have 25 regional craft beers and a wide variety of food trucks.

humanbowling Newberry SC

I am also excited about the games – human bowling, a giant Operation game, and a bungee jumporee where you can jump 20 feet in the air – that should be a lot of laughs!

Greg has headed up the music committee and we’ll have bands playing 70s and 80s music on an outside stage all day. J-E-T opens the day from 1 to 5 pm.

All festival-goers are encourage to dress in 70s/80s duds, so we’ll have karaoke and costume contests hosted by Z93, a local Columbia radio station, between 5 and 6 pm. From 6 to 10 pm, 121 Band will continue to rock out your favorite 70s/80s hits.

The festival and outside music is free.

Inside The Ritz Theatre, our headliner bands will play for an additional ticket. Heartbreaker is a Heart/Led Zeppelin tribute band and they will play from 6 to 8 pm. Rumours ATL is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band and they will play from 8 to 10 pm. Greg and I have traveled quite a few times around the Southeast to see Rumours ATL as they are excellent and really give a great show! If you love Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, you will have a fantastic time! Advance purchase tickets are selling fast as they are a great value: Get tickets here

Band at Newberry Groove and Brew festival

A $40 Advanced purchase ticket includes the two tribute bands, an over-21 wristband with ID, a festival cup, and one craft beer. A $50 Advanced Purchase VIP ticket includes the two tribute bands, an over-21 wristband with ID, a festival cup, two craft beers, early access for best seating, and access to VIP bathrooms during the festival. A $50 Day-Of ticket includes the two tribute bands, an over-21 wristband with ID, and a festival cup (beer not included).

We have worked incredibly hard over the past three months to launch this new festival, which will actually be Newberry’s first green festival! It has been a labor of love and we really hope the community will come out and drink a beer with us to support our hard-work and help raise funds for economic development grants to make Downtown Newberry a better place! Come by Groove ‘N BrewFest and say hello!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

EuroLux in the News & Newberry Oktoberfest

Talbots EuroLux Antique storeEuroLux Home has been getting a lot of media coverage lately. First, the Newberry Observer ran an article “Passion = Career” about how Greg and I fell in love – and at the same time fell in love with antique furniture! The newspaper followed up with another article about EuroLux Home and how we started our antique furniture business.

Then we appeared on TWC News when “Around Carolina” visited Newberry, SC,  to tell viewers about all the attractions in our historic town. We were thrilled that our EuroLux antiques store was included in their places to go! They stopped in and talked to me, as you can see in the video clip.

The filming happened in a flash. I think I spent more time making the guy move the camera around to get an angle that I liked than we spent on the actual interview itself. He probably didn’t have anyone else demand to see his screen prior to filming! I then promptly spilled coffee all down the front of my shirt as soon as the interview was over.

“Around Carolina” also featured my very favorite restaurant, Fusion. I love the Bangkok noodles with vegetables and cashews and Greg always gets the Basil Duck.  Papasan is shown in the video and he is a wonderful host! The whole staff is very welcoming and friendly, the food is fantastic, and sometimes Papasan even gives me a sake on the house!  They have great reviews on Trip Advisor.

Cabana Café is another excellent restaurant in Newberry.  I usually order the prime rib with shrimp and scallops as it is excellent. Cabana Café is a great place for a special celebration like a birthday or anniversary or as a treat before a show at the Newberry Opera House. The new Opera House schedule is out and we’re looking forward to seeing Yacht Rock Revue this year – a tribute to 70s light rock like Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, etc.

Oktoberfest in Newberry SCYet another great reason to visit Newberry, aside from the great antiques shopping, dining and entertainment, is the annual Oktoberfest! I’ve told you about Oktoberfest before in my posts Newberry Oktoberfest: Liver Nips, Polka, and Puppets and Happy Oktoberfest in Newberry, SC!

Oktoberfest is on October 1 this year and the city is doing a new costume contest which should be a hoot!

OktoberfestDowntown Newberry SC

As we’re on Main Street in Historic Downtown Newberry, we’re right in the middle of Oktoberfest! Of course our doors will be open all day and we enjoy talking to all of the folks that drop by. Kathy will be decorating the front window with her pilgrim collection. (Get a sneak peek of Kathy’s 700-strong Thanksgiving Pilgrim Collection.)

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We usually like to find something good to eat like a brat and sauerkraut at the food vendors around the main square and Greg usually can’t resist buying something scrumptious for dessert like a slice of home-made red velvet cake from the local church bake sale tables!

OktoberfestAdoptDog

The Humane society sets up a large area with many puppies and kitties that need homes, and I always like to go snuggle a few fuzzy babies – I’m just not allowed to bring any more home. 🙂

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Life: The Mystery Behind the Sign

EuroLux Home Antiques GalleryWe often tell you stories about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, but I’ve got a vintage story to tell you today about our buildings on Main Street, Newberry, SC.

In addition to the EuroLux Home gallery at 1409 Main Street (left) we also own 1407 Main Street. This is where Greg fixes computers and cell phones in his business, The Computer Doctor. (The EuroLux gallery is the drop off and pick up point for The Computer Doctor. We’re multi-talented here!)

That building has an upstairs loft which has never been renovated, nor used as anything other than non-air-conditioned storage space. When we purchased the building years ago, we planned to renovate, like our near-neighbors the Millers did in my post about Historic Newberry Main Street.

Loft2Here’s the loft. The photo is a bit dark because the windows are boarded up and all of the light bulbs were burnt out. I lugged a ladder up and changed them all but it remains pretty dark. It’s still is a very cool space and it has a neat story.

We intended to convert it into an upstairs loft apartment while expanding our business into the downstairs.
BUT! The best laid plans… We ended up finding our little vintage bungalow that we’re renovating and since it had a yard for the dogs, we decided that would be a better way to go than the loft. We still plan to renovate the loft in the future but for now let me just tell you the great old story about the building.

Back in the 1930s, Main Street in Newberry was a busy place. I shared some old-timey pictures in this Vintage Life blog post. It was the county seat, had the court house, and was the place to go shopping for all the folks that worked at the three cotton mills in town.

Nails marking 40 feetThere were actually two hardware stores in the same block on Main street, owned by two competing Lominack cousins. Those were Lominack’s Hardware (where EuroLux Home is currently located at 1409 Main Street) and Frank Lominack’s Hardware at 1403 Main Street.

You can still see the numbers on the floor in the EuroLux Home Gallery marking the number of feet for the hardware store’s measurements of rope and chain. (The photo at left shows the 40 feet marker.)

Old sign on EuroLuxHome buildingWe’ve also left the Lominack Hardware painted sign on the back of the building.

The story that I’ve heard said that the two cousins were always trying to one up each other in order to get more business by offering different products and services.

Frank Lominack’s Hardware decided to open a shooting range in the basement in order to corner the market and draw more folks into his hardware store. So the story goes, in November of 1934 a stray bullet hit the dynamite that was also stored in the basement and blew up the building!

You can see more about it in this old article in the Gastonia Daily Gazette.  There was $200,000 of damage. That’s a lot of money today but in 1934 it was a huge amount of money!

Loft of store with vintage signWe currently own 1405 Main Street and rent it out to our tenant, Expressions, a hair salon.

That previously 2 story building was occupied by a business called Livingston & Son General Merchandise at the time of the explosion. It was so damaged by the explosion that it had to be rebuilt, but the owner decided to only build it as a one-story building.

Our 1407 Main Street building was built after that business had opened, so the interior wall of 1407 Main Street actually shows the original painted advertisement that was on the exterior of the Livingston& Son building’s 2nd story.

That sure was a long explanation, but otherwise you wouldn’t understand how the advertising came to be on the inside wall of our building!

Today things aren’t quite as dramatic in our EuroLux gallery. Even all our cats and dogs play nicely together rather than competing with everyone within our fuzzy family. And I’m very relieved that Greg’s other business in the building is The Computer Doctor… NOT a shooting range!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Historic Newberry Main Street in the News

We were delighted to see this TV news story about some friends of ours who just renovated a loft near our gallery on Main Street, Newberry, SC. Barbara and Franklin Miller are a very entrepreneurial couple. They also opened a “pop-up” retail space which featured local artists’ works including Franklin’s beautiful paintings. That “pop-up” venture is finished now but it’s another great example of the type of innovation happening here on Main Street!

EuroLux Antiques Gallery Newberry Main StreetIn my last blog post celebrating the 10 year anniversary of EuroLux Antiques, I explained how we’d moved to Main Street in Historic Downtown Newberry about a year and a half after we started the business.

I have always been a big supporter of the City of Newberry and we’ve been very happy with our move to Main Street. The City of Newberry is very progressive and super-supportive of local merchants. I’ve served on marketing committees where the City has openly solicited feedback from merchants and engaged in a dialogue in order to listen to our ideas.

Newberry OktoberfestThe City has also provided free Wi-Fi for the convenience of shoppers downtown, and it organizes quite a few festivals throughout the year. I’ve written before about how much Greg and I enjoy Newberry Oktoberfest. It’s just one of the events that draw people to our area. Visitors soon learn why we’re known as the City of Friendly Folks!

The City’s new initiative to provide a 90% grant for local business and property owners to fix up their buildings is fantastic in my opinion. I believe more than 20 businesses have participated. Their plans have ranged from fresh coats of paint for peeling buildings to beautiful, colorful awnings that brighten up the street.

EuroLux Antiques on Newberry Main Street

Flower boxes outside EuroLux Antiques and The Computer Doctor

The City recently planted trees up and down Main Street and even started a flower box program, where large planters were placed outside of businesses up and down Main Street and filled with seasonal flowers. All we have to do is promise to water them. I’d say that is a great deal!

The City also prints a Shopping and Dining Guide featuring all the downtown merchants, and does extensive radio, television, print and billboard advertising to draw folks from surrounding areas to Downtown. Historic Newberry is simply a wonderful place to do business and a great place to call home!

Our EuroLux Antiques gallery on Main Street doesn’t have an upstairs that we can convert into a loft like the Millers did. However, we also own 1407 Main Street, next door to EuroLux Antiques, where Greg fixes computers and cell phones in his business The Computer Doctor. That building does have an upstairs loft. When we bought the building years ago we planned to renovate, like the Millers did, and convert it into an upstairs loft apartment.

Our Newberry antiques gallery

Squiggy in the window, welcoming people to the gallery!

We ended up finding our little 1920s bungalow that we’re renovating. Since it had a yard for the dogs, we decided it was a better place to live than the loft. We do plan to renovate the loft in the future though as it is a very cool space. There is a neat historic story behind our Newberry Main Street building – I’ll tell you about that another time!

If you plan to visit us in Newberry, SC, you’ll find lots of good information at the City of Newberry’s website, including all the local shops and restaurants, and the places to go antiquing. Come by and say hi!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: The First 10 Years of EuroLux Antiques

It’s been fun to look back over the past ten years of EuroLux Antiques as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and remember how far we’ve come. So much has changed – even our name and our location!

EuroLux Antiques original logoWe actually started our business as EuroLux Imports – meant to convey that we were importing hand-selected, high-quality luxury goods from Europe. Our logo was a rampant lion with our name in script lettering. The lettering was so fancy you could hardly read it.

We soon found out that most folks understood First EuroLux Antiques Building-June-2005the word “imports” as synonymous with “reproductions.”  We had a serious credibility problem with folks not believing that our pieces were true antiques. Inside of first EuroLux Antiques buildingSo we changed our name to EuroLux Antiques and that seemed to solve the problem. (Now we’re actually considering changing our name to EuroLux Home, to reflect the fact that we have started to sell much more than just antiques!)

We also originally opened our business outside of Newberry on CR Koon Highway in a large metal pole building. Here is a glimpse of the outside and the inside of our original building.

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I still remember the day our sign went up, I was so excited! It finally felt real – we really had our own business!

After a year and a half, we decided to move to Historic Downtown Newberry and we purchased our current gallery, a two story building at 1409 Main Street. All of the other antiques shops in Newberry were concentrated on Main Street, so we increased our walk-in traffic. And Downtown Newberry is so cool, we love being part of the neighborhood!

EuroLux Antiques Newberry Main Street stores

 

Also, the new gallery was much more convenient for receiving containers of European antiques. In our old space, we had to move everything to the walls so that we could unload directly into the middle of the room. Then the shop was a disaster for a week or more while we sorted everything out. Now we just unload directly into the basement level so that we don’t mess up the gallery!

We also enjoyed moving to Downtown Newberry as we joined a thriving community of other small business owners.

I was honored to serve as President of the Downtown Merchants Association for three years and Greg served as Treasurer too.

There is quite a bit happening in Downtown Newberry these days, but I’ll tell you about that another time. For now, we’re just happy to look back over our first ten years and share our journey with you. Thanks to all our customers who bought antiques from us, and who made it all such fun!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Go Antiquing in Newberry, South Carolina!

My friend, Robert Summer, has been the Editor of Newberry Magazine for many years. It is a bi-monthly full color magazine about the lifestyle of folks living in Newberry, South Carolina. I love reading the bi-monthly articles about the big, beautiful homes around Newberry and especially enjoy the recipes for delicious southern cooking. He even published an article about EuroLux Antiques when we opened back in 2004. Recently Robert created a new video about Newberry to promote tourism and asked me to speak briefly about shopping for Antique Furniture on Main Street.

 

Visiting Downtown Newberry is a great way to spend a Saturday or an entire weekend! Go antiquing through the nine Antique galleries and two thrift shops, and don’t forget to stop at one of the many specialty stores, including clothing, shoes, and gift stores. You can spend all day browsing through the shops and then enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants downtown.

Of course, don’t forget to check the calendar for the Newberry Opera House so that you can catch a show while you’re in town. A large variety of entertainers perform at the Newberry Opera House each year, from ballet to bluegrass, with wonderful Elvis impersonators to boot!

A visit to Newberry would be incomplete without visiting the largest indoor orchid nursery in the US at Carter and Holmes Orchids.

So the next time you’re looking for a fun day trip, or wondering how to entertain out-of-town guests, come on down to Newberry, the City of Friendly Folks!

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog!

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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