Al’s Antique Mall

By on 24 November, 2014 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments

SAMSUNG CSCBack in September, Sandra Nickel reported here that local florist Al Cantrell was taking neighborhood development into his own hands by creating Al’s Antique Mall on Mulberry. The spot’s next to the closing Gun & Pawn shop and is destined to become a neighborhood fixture. We stopped by a few weeks ago to see what the renovations have brought, and were pleased to find a beautiful spot full of light and lovely things. There are more than a dozen vendors in the antique mall, and though each stall has its own flavor, they are laid out to achieve a pleasing synergy. There’s a preponderance of big pieces like showstopping light fixtures, stately tables and elaborate cabinets mixed with a few well-chosen accessories.

We’ve written extensively about area antique shops, ranging from Dothan and Troy to Prattville and Wetumpka. The South is full of treasures that clean up nicely and merge perfectly into the historic homes that fill our Midtown neighborhoods. It’s nice to see the folks at Al’s curating an upscale selection perfect for decorators or just folks who want a nice piece or two to brighten up their home. The a good companion to the selections over at the Herb Chateau, and may be a sign that a bit of an antique revival is in store for Montgomery. Of course, we’ll always have the Eastbrook Antique Mall – that venerable fixture’s got a well-worn place in our heart. But with the emergence of new loft homes downtown and the apartments by Five Points, it’s easy to imagine the lovely things at Al’s finding new homes without much trouble.

As yet, Al’s doesn’t have a website, but they are on Instagram. While we were there, we took some pictures of our own to show the kinds of wares for sale. If you’re thinking about holiday shopping, it’s a great time to stop by and see the new place – maybe you’ll end up adopting something vintage to dress up your own home.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, ten fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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