Brenda, who owns Stampers Alley in Mooresville, North Carolina, is just as charming in person as she is over the phone. Custom shelving full of lots of inventory, a separate classroom and friendly customer service are just a few of the reasons to stop by this store.
Brenda began her retail career teaching painting classes and then switched to the stamp world when she saw all of the creative possibilities with stamps. As you'll see in the video, some of her painting projects are still hung around the store, including a really amazing painted mirror that she has taught as a class. Brenda aims to please and there's plenty of ideas and products for a wide range of customers - stampers, scrapbookers and artists.
Here's one of the country scenes that she's painted - shading and color are beautiful (especially in person).
I received more education on Southern terminology - more on that in my next post, where I'll discuss all of the exciting words I learned on my trip this summer! The students here were an instructor's dream, one even bought me lunch (thanks again!) and this is one store I can't wait to return to.
I had a little time to explore the area - and one stop you might want to make is in downtown Mooresville (main street I think) at the old Hardware store. I talked to the proprietor who had run the store since the 1960's, and he had taken it over from the previous owner who opened the store in 1895. It was american retail at it's best - products that were built to last, things you could never find anywhere else, and an owner who was there to guide every purchase. He had me convinced that I needed "the best ice cream maker in America" when he told me that he gave one to his son as a teenager and they still use it 40 years later.