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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Florence, Colorado: Getting An Indian & Nepalese Restaurant

Gasp! The tiny burg of Florence is getting an Indian and Nepalese restaurant.

My life is truly complete. When I moved here a little over five years ago, one of the main things I missed about Colorado Springs was my favorite Indian and Nepalese restaurant. I almost considered begging them to open one in Florence, just so I could get my fix without a long drive.

I have no idea who the owners of Florence's newest restaurant are. Believe me, I will find out--hopefully before the place opens.

The Turmeric Indian and Nepalese Restaurant will open at 106 W. Main St. That location was formerly occupied by Ito Steakhouse and Sushi (another favorite) which moved to a bigger location two doors down.

Here's the website for the new restaurant: http://turmericrestaurantco.com/

There isn't much information on the website yet, but I was thrilled, no ecstatic, to read there would be a buffet.

As I was spinning in circles in delirium and joy, the few people who didn't call Bellevue, noted they had never tried East Indian or Nepalese food.

"Ghee!" I screamed,"Thank God relief is arriving in Florence soon!"


Ah, delicious Naan bread!


Yum! Tandoori chicken will soon be mine. I have never met a clay cooking pot I don't like.

Well, hopefully I'll have an update soon when the Turmeric will open.




Saturday, December 23, 2017

Florence, Colorado: Does Your Town Have An Unofficial Canine Mascot?

Does your town have an unofficial canine town mascot?

Well it should. In Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado, having our mascot, Molly, is rather like having a town therapy dog.

Almost every day, Molly comes into all the antiques shops (about 20) and other businesses, just to say hello.

People stop her on the street, too, and give her lots of love.


That's Molly, a six-year-old, Lab mix, getting a petting.

I usually give Molly some wicked good belly rubs. But what she really likes when she comes in the antiques mall where I work is seaweed. Yes, organic roasted seaweed. 

I love watching her face when she recognizes the "seaweed" lady and dashes to get her treat. You'd think all dogs would love seaweed, but mine does not.


But this is my dog, Phineas. Yes, in real life. That's not a stock picture. It's him dressed as a devil. He's so finicky that seaweed is beneath him. And he makes me go to Costco to get his favorite brand of dog biscuits, since nothing else will do.

Molly will eat anything (healthy of course) and is always grateful.

And don't tell anyone, but I feed all the dogs (after getting their owner's permission) that come into the antiques mall.

You can imagine Phineas' face when I come home from work and he finds out I've been "cheating" on him all day at work.




#FindItInFlorence: Colorado Life Magazine Editor Matt Masich & Rena Pryor

One of my hobbies is roaming the streets of Florence--the antiques capital of Colorado, with my $19 un-smart phone clutched in my sweaty paw and snapping pictures of what is going on in our fair burg.

Someone came up with the hashtag: #FindItInFlorence. The idea was to showcase all the interesting things to be found in Florence, such as antiques, art , eateries and history.

But I enjoy stalking, um, I mean finding people in Florence and finding out what they are doing in town and/or what they plan to do with their purchases.

Well on Dec. 22, I found the editor of Colorado Life magazine in Florence.


That's editor Matt Masich with Rena Pryor. Rena is the manager of The Loralie Antiques Mall and a tireless volunteer at the Bell Tower Cultural Center. She is also enthusiastic about the future of Florence's antiques, art and cultural scenes. Can't you tell by the picture?

I telepathically communicated to her that I promised I would NOT hide a Whoopee Cushion on her chair in the antiques mall, if she'd smile for the camera.


Then I snapped this picture. Ah,that's better, Rena.


And here's Matt with Mayor Keith Ore, at the Aspen Leaf Bakery and Cafe, chatting about Florence.

We enjoyed visiting with Matt and welcoming him to our quirky little town.

I've been a fan and subscriber of Colorado Life magazine long before Florence was privileged to have two visits from the magazine's staff.  You can read a previous blog post about the magazine here: http://truestoryclub.blogspot.com/2016/03/colorado-life-magazine.html

And you can read about the visit we enjoyed last May from Colorado Life magazine staff here: https://truestoryclub.blogspot.com/2017/05/finditinflorence-i-found-colorado-life.html





Florence, Colorado: Peter Wright Anvil

One of the interesting things, besides all the interesting people I meet, about working in an antiques mall in Florence--the antiques capital of Colorado, is I learn something new everyday.

The other day someone brought in an old anvil. A real gut buster. It probably weighs about 150 pounds and it took me a day just to move it in a circle so I could read the markings on it.

What I know about anvils is almost non-existent, but I bought it any way. Yes, those are Tom Taber duck decoys in the background. I didn't know what they were either at first!


I put a  low price on the anvil. I figure it's so heavy that someone needs a price break!


I tried to make out the marking. It looked like Enright to me. I rarely look up things on Ebay, but typed in Enright anvil. No luck. Oh, it turned out to be a Peter Wright blacksmith anvil.

Still didn't mean anything to me, but I discovered it was an English maker.


And it has this crack.

So I called John Hegler from Oil City Merchants in Florence, an antiques store that specializes in the more man-oriented antiques and collectibles.

That's what I like about working in Florence. Everyone sends customers to other shops if they don't have a certain item--and everyone is more than willing to share information.

John explained about "rebound" and what the holes in the anvil were for--and how the crack affects that rebound on one side. And he said it was quite old--from the 1800s.

I found it so interesting that I actually want to learn more about blacksmithing, anvils, knife making and such.

My only problem is a lot of this stuff is so heavy, I am not sure I'll be able to move it or help load it for whoever eventually buys it.


Florence, Colorado: Good Place To Buy A Gift For Your Friend With A Castle

I have nothing against big box stores, but there are things that happen in small, independent stores (especially antiques stores) that just won't happen anywhere else.

We're always chatting with our customers at the old antiques mall in Florence, because all the unusual things people buy just beg inquiries as to why they are buying it.


Today Dan Williams of Cripple Creek was thrilled to find this iron hanging candle fixture. He said it will look perfect in his friend's castle.

Castle? Ohhh, I love castles.

Dan said his friend built a castle outside of Cripple Creek and when the friend was asked why he chose a castle instead of a log cabin or other style, the friend replied,"Because I can."

I asked if this was a Christmas gift for the friend with the castle.

Dan said it was and the friend already told him that he had found Dan a special Christmas gift. Dan said he replied to his friend,"Then you must have come to Florence."

That's what we like to hear, the immediate assumption that if someone found a special treasure, they must have found it in Florence, and friends each coming to Florence to find those extraordinarily unusual gifts.


Florence, Colorado: Merry Christmas!

To everyone: I hope Christmas (and every day) is a togethery day for you and all your loved ones!


Love and good wishes from True Story Club!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Florence,Colorado: Scary Nightmare Fuel Antiques & Collectibles

Florence is the undisputed antiques capital of Colorado. We have more antique stores per capita than any other town in the state. And the town boasts stunning world-class antiques, collectibles and art. But sometimes it's fun to take a tour of the nightmare fuel items that could surely be used to decorate a set of a Stephen King movie.


This is a paper mache dog from the Victorian era. Someone got a little festive for the holidays and put some tinsel in his fur. But it still scared the beejeezus out of me (and many antiques browsers). It turns out he is rare and a child's toy--and not many of them survived. The dogs, not the children. I'm pretty sure most of the children survived their childhoods, since this was only a toy a rich family could afford. However, I won't speak to how they survived psychologically.


Now this imp also scares many browsers. I've heard rumors that Doctors Freud and Spock built their careers on attempting to undo the damage some of these toys had on previous generations.



Now this dude's tongue moves. So does mine, in a silent scream, whenever I take this out of the locked case and show him to customers. He's fashioned as a mask/hat--so you can wear him. New Year's masquerade ball anyone? Criminal disguise? Someone actually told me the other day they were sending their significant other to the store and hoped this item would be their Christmas gift. If someone gifted me with this beauty--well, it wouldn't be an amicable breakup...


Oh my. Vintage sombrero-wearing salt and pepper shakers. Besides how "attractive" they are--when you pop their hats off, the raised shakers rather look like brain matter. I think I'll purchase these as part of my weight loss program.


And if I really want to take off the pounds, I could purchase these clown salt and pepper shakers. The spices come through holes in their feet--which is extra appealing.