Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Old Shack on the Corner

A few months ago, someone fixed up the old red shack on the corner towards town, painted it gray with the Lone Star state flag on one side of the building, and opened a smoke shop (tobacco and cigarettes).
 Rarely open. Rarely a customer. Me thinks it was not a good country business venture.
And my favorite old sentinel tree still stands behind it, even though they tried to slice through her to bring her down.
Linking to Rurality Blog Hop

132 comments:

Maple Lane said...

Nice paint job!
These are wonderful pictures.
Hope you have a nice day.

Janey and Co. said...

Happy they fixed the place up...don't like their choice of products.

Love that last shot especially the rusty pickup

Jeanne said...

Very cute decorating, but seems to me from what you said that this could easily go the way of a similar little pizza shop that was by my cabin.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love the paint job and swag:@)

Fireblossom said...

Sentinel Tree just wasn't havin' that.

EM Illustrator said...

I like what they have done to that shed/barn. I do like that flag, got a fridge magnet shaped as the state of Texas and the flag on it, my youngest sister lives down there and visited many years ago..

EG CameraGirl said...

Rarely open? Hmmmm. I wonder what's REALLY going on here. :)

Nancy Claeys said...

Glad they fixed it up, even if it doesn't bring in the customers...

And the old tree is down but not out. :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Cheery paint job but they need to leave that lovely old tree alone!

Tanya Breese said...

what a cute little shop...too bad it is not doing well...smack that person trying to cut down that tree!

Joop Zand said...

Looks very nice in these colors.

Good photo's Theresa.

Buttons said...

Morning Tex love the optimism of the creative painter person.
Love the beautiful tree with the old truck behind it. Hugs B

Pantherka said...

Beautiful shots.
(Too bad you do not have a on blog translator)
Greetings.

georgettesullins said...

Looks like it would make some dry, dry firewood.

Lynne said...

Looks like a cold pop is available too . . .

Ayu Maselli said...

So amazing that naked tree Theresa!
nice shots
happy valentine day to you

Betty Manousos said...

wonderful paint job.
such a cute shop!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow, that tree is indomitable!

Giga said...

Z jednej strony dobrzę, że nia ma klientów, bo ludzie sie nie trują. Z drugiej jednak strony żal, że interes sie nie udał. Pozdrawiam.
On the one hand, well that is present clients, because people simply do not poisoned. On the other hand, regretted that the business failed. Yours.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I remember that old shack from a post of yours long ago, the tree too. Maybe he's not to interested in business as long as he has a place to go, kick back and have a smoke without his wife pestering him.

DJan said...

Lovely, craggy old Sentinel Tree. The store seems a bit out of the way, but it sure is a pretty paint job. Love your new header, BTW. :-)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Too bad customers aren't flocking to this refurbished shack. They did a wonderful job on the design and paint.

Sandra said...

oh no. not THAT old tree. i love it to. i liked the barn the way it was...my neighbors cut down their tree that looked like this, it is all gone. ruined my view out my window

Dianne said...

the shed looks cool
I wish folks would let trees be

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

The redone building looks pretty cool - even if its not such a great business.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures - exciting wood :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That building is certainly eye-catching.I love that old tree,all gnarled,yet so beautiful.

troutbirder said...

Well yes. Hopefully a sign that cancer causing smoking continues on the decline....

Dianna said...

Love these photos!

Primitive Stars said...

Love that paint job, looks great......Francine.

Beth said...

That is really a cool paint job!

Jeevan said...

That looks pretty and I’m sure the tree gives enough shadow. I agree with you on the business front.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

The Old Shack looks good though! Shame on them for what they did to that tree!

Donna said...

Love the painted barn! That is so cool!

MTWaggin said...

Gotta love those tough old trees! me thinks she was meant to have birds and feeders in her! :)

Karen said...

I'm glad the tree is still there!

Sally said...

Love the paint!

xoxo

Ron said...

I like the way they decorated the building.

Mama Zen said...

I love that paint job!

Deb said...

love the building...rusty trucks love them...

Jeanne said...

Nice to see an old shack revitalized.
The tree is a work of art. Hope it continues to resist the saw.

Tricia Hays said...

tough ol tree & love the ol truck =)

edenhills said...

Glad the old tree is still hanging in there! Hope the business isn't a front for something less savory.

Molly The Wally said...

Oh my the tree is still standing. Lovely paint job pity no one visits. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Muffy's Marks said...

And I love the rusty old truck next to the tree!!

Patty Woodland said...

It looks nice and I must wonder if something else isn't going on but I also can't say I'm disappointed they are not selling lots and lots of cigarettes

Jan n Jer said...

At least its not so much an eyesore.
Not too many smoking anymore..who the heck can afford it????

DeniseinVA said...

That is a lovely paint job and I like it that the old tree is still standing.

Tracey from ⓽ said...

Love the building but perhaps you are right about the business venture! Love the tree. If only they could talk...

Farm Girl said...

Well at least they tried to take care of that building. I am glad the tree was stronger.

A Quiet Corner said...

Love the old tree...the "new" old shop will probably sell fireworks too!...:)JP

Inger said...

Good paint job. I guess people don't smoke so much any more, maybe selling some food items so people wouldn't have to go to town when they ran out would have been smarter.

Łucja-Maria said...

It is unfortunate that you have to close. Interest is.
It is difficult to understand the situation.
Regards

Busy Little Chicken said...

Strange place to open up a cigarette shop!! So glad they didn't cut the tree down, I love it!! :)

don said...

This new (old) shot has a great looking paint job. I, too, would wonder as its potential for success.

Judy said...

I love it!!! Business or not I love how Texans show their state pride.

Jori said...

Tough tree, and I LOVE the truck behind it!

Stephanie said...

I like the paint job and the truck in the background in the second image.

Cloudia said...

money laundry!


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Flat Creek Farm said...

Love the shack, and the tree!! I never tire of seeing Lone Stars as it reminds me of the trips we made to see our son when he lived in DFW. Now, we just need to return.. just because I miss TX (and Canton!) :) -Tammy

nic.b van es said...

o die laatste foto vind ik erg mooi.

Sylvia K said...

I love the tree!! What stories it could tell!!

Paula said...

I like it!

Barb Brookbank said...

I like what they did with the building...

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I still love that tree.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, what a cool place. so festive. i love the old truck. ( :

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Wow, how could they try to take an old silver-tree!
Sound like people that don't care.

Amy Burzese said...

Cool building and interesting old tree with character.

Carol L McKenna said...

Love the neat building and the beautiful tree ~ Great shots!

Carol of (A Creative Harbor) on blogger ^_^

Rose said...

That old tree is like a fine art sculpture--silly people to try to cut it down!

Robin Lamb said...

T, make me laugh how people will suddenly get a bright idea that something will work in such and such a situation. They go to all the effort and it rarely pans out!
Maybe there is another nefarious reason for this!!!
Hmmmmm.

Red said...

This looks like one more adventure added to many other failed ventures. Looking at the state of dilapidation of the property one has to wonder what the thinking was...if there was any.

Brk Trt said...

I love it.
Old barns, shacks and even old trucks that have flags on them are awesome.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

That tree is hanging in there like a true trooper. Nice paint job on the old shack.

Linda said...

Maybe it wasn't such a good idea for a business venture, but nice paint job. That tree...the stories it could tell.

Angela Häring-Christen said...

A smoke shop - no good idea (sorry)!
The tree is fantastic. I hope it will stand there still for a long time.
Greetings
Angela

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a cool paint job! Too bad it's not open more often.

S. J. Qualls said...

Hmm, all that work and hardly open... makes me wonder what is really going on there? Out in the country like that, I would be suspicious. (I know, I see a story in everything)

Glad the sentinel still stands, it is a beauty.

Sandy said...

Nice paint job on the shack, but it is the tree that steals the show!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Wow, somebody really spent some time spiffing it up! I do remember the tree, good to see it's still standing, but ya gotta wonder just how long with that size cut.

Bob Bushell said...

Poor tree, I hate their merchandise. But, good for you and taking photos of it.

Leave It To Davis said...

Love the paint job!!! Glad they didn't take the tree down. Sorry they scarred it so. Yeah, we love the Texas flag here, don't we? :)

Texan said...

Texas alive and well :O). A smoke shop? Really?

parker said...

They did a nice job painting the building. Looks like they have met their match cutting down the old tree!

Candy C. said...

Glad the old tree is still there! Hmmmm...makes you wonder about some people's business sense. ;)

sometimesthatsallyouget said...

Maybe not such a good business venture but it's a fabulous paint job! Pretty amazing about the tree. I would hate to see it go, too. Lots of character. I like the old truck in the background.

~Lindy

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Nice shots. Perhaps not a good business but how many business all over the world are standing strong these days. Not many. Very sad.

Ellie said...

It may have been a failed business but it is quite an eye catching building isn't it. What a shame about that lovely big tree!

Łucja-Maria said...

HAPPY Valentine's day to you !

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Well...it is a cute little place...but the tree...SAVE THE TREE!

Carole M. said...

maybe it was a short-lived tax deduction prospect; shame about the old tree, that it has so many scars - but then who doesn't?

Michelle said...

I love your photos! They make me just want to slow down and imagine the stories that truck could tell and the building looks awesome, just like something out of a catalog! :) Michelle W

Michelle said...

I love your photos! They make me just want to slow down and imagine the stories that truck could tell and the building looks awesome, just like something out of a catalog! :) Michelle W

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Perhaps it is a front for a canabis factory, great photos. I stopped smoking 40 years ago.



peter

Margie said...

Spiffed up the shack though.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

It is so American, even closed up...

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I'm sorry they hurt the tree...

DIMI said...

What a cute little shop Tex!Love the colors!Great shots!Have a nice day!
Dimi..

eileeninmd said...

I love the paint job, it is a shame their business did not take off and do well. Maybe too many people have quit smoking! Have a great evening!

Karen said...

A very interesting series of photos. Love the colors on the shed - hate the products. Love the old tree and the old truck parked there. Probably shut down by the state - don't they regulate tobacco products? They do here and go after anyone not complying. A good thing. xx

Debbie said...

It's a very cool looking place, I love that vibrant paint! And our tree and that rusty old truck, it's a great scene!

bon bon said...

she's gonna out "live" them all!

Montanagirl said...

I like the paint job on the house! And that tree photo is terrific. It's so much in its time.

Deanna said...

well how cool is this...love the flag and the bunting, the old tree and that red truck behind the fence looks like it would be a wonderful photography op!!

SandyCarlson said...

I like that paint job, too. The trees are surely amazing, too.

Chatty Crone said...

I like what they did to that 'shack'. sandie

Daniel LaFrance said...

How's that saying go... ya can dress them up, but you can't take them out.

I guess the good looks aren't what the customers are looking for.

The tree has character, just like that old truck in the back.

Gillian Olson said...

I really love that old tree, and the shack is very colourful.

SquirrelQueen said...

I'm glad the old Sentential tree stood her ground. The place does look better.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That is not a great business location I guess... Love the painting however!
You are so right about that tree, looks still great as a skeleton against the sky.
Happy Valentine's Day to you.
Mariette

Kathy said...

I'd like to get a little closer to that truck behind the tree!

Saun said...

Looks nice but I love the old tree !

Randy said...

Someone likes their state flag.

SweetMarie said...

I like the paint job and love the tree. :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I like how they fixed up the old building, but it doesn't look like they have the traffic for a business. Or maybe everyone in the area has quit smoking!
Glad the old tree was too stubborn to fall, but with a cut like that I wouldn't stand around it on a real windy day!

ShySongbird said...

What a quaint looking place, maybe there is more going on there than meets the eye! I'm so glad the tree refused to succumb :-)

You do have some fabulous visitors to your property Theresa, I loved the White Ibis and Yellow-crowned Night Heron on the earlier posts and as for the Cardinal...they stop me in my tracks every time with their stunning colour!

Elaine said...

They went to a lot of work for little return. Seems strange that they rarely have it open. Go figure why they have few customers.

Andy said...

Maybe there's more to it than tobacco and cigarettes.

Brian King said...

Well, they did a very nice job of fixing it up! I like the star. It does seem a bit off the beaten path for customers, though. It'll be interesting to see how long it lasts.

deeps said...

i liked that last shot...

deeps said...

liked the last one...

Linda/patchwork said...

I have to say, as another Texas girl...that is a really good choice, on the paint job.

Midmarsh John said...

What a shame to try to cut down such a splendid natural sculpture.

barbara l. hale said...

That's a jaunty paint job. If they sold chocolate, I'd be there. Of course, it would be kind of a long ride. Glad they didn't slice all the way through that old girl!

Madge Bloom said...

Some small businesses just don't seem to have a ghost of a chance do they?? Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #2' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #3...

Terry and Linda said...

They tried to burn my favorite tree last year, but it is trying to grow back...I'm delighted!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

pattisjarrett said...

It looks like the tree wasn't having any of that falling business!

Carletta said...

Nice paint job!

Liz said...

Definitely not a great business decision but a great paint job!!
Love the last shot!!

Marie said...

LOVE the tree! Interesting idea for a business out in the country. :-)

wayside wanderer said...

Gotta love that paint job!

amanda said...

We finally made it to your state of Texas, and I was won over!
What a great state it is, I look forward to exploring more of it.

http://ourfunwithfive.blogspot.com/2013/03/texas-hill-country.html

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