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September 2015

Why It Must Come Down

Aside from the fact that it is a bit of an eyesore, there are a couple more reasons that this vintage “beauty” MUST come down. Put there in 1974 during the era of Tom’s Music House, it was purchased from a nearby auction. Originally, the white metal facade was from the Allied Securities building on S. 4th street. It was not wide enough to fill the front of the new building however. The brown strip on the right-hand side was used as a contemporary filler to fix the gap in the metal. But, as time goes by things age and become worn and turn into pigeon dwellings.

Yes, it’s historic, it’s retro and it’s even a little bit quaint… but it’s also dangerous. Dangerous in the sense of every time you walk under it the chatter of hundreds of pigeons fill the air and bird poo narrowly misses your shoulders. They have found the current facade to be a revolutionary pigeon post, raising generations upon generations of their varmints… babies.

To further drive home the idea that the pigeons must go, we arrived to the new location the other day only to find that a pigeon narrowly missed his home entrance. There, just below, stuck the pigeon… plastered to the front like a trophy (yes there’s photos). This, this is why it must come down. In case you were curious to know what this looks like scroll below. Beware… it is graphic.

The official date of removal will be Oct. 6 (weather permitting) or later that week. We’ll keep our Facebook updated with the time should you like to witness this event and the bird burial ground be removed..

– Leah 

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If you have photos or historical info about our building – please send them our way! We would love to share them with everyone!  Send to: Amy@MagnoliasOnline.com

History in the Making | Part 1

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Magnolias Re-locating Summer 2016!

Rachel and I are so excited about the transformation of this beautiful building in the heart of Downtown Norfolk into the New Magnolias! It is especially fitting that in our 20th year of business, we are coming full circle, back into a downtown location. Many of you may not recall that Magnolias began in downtown Plainview in 1995, then expanded to Norfolk in 1998. If you had visited our store then – you may realize it was just next door at what is now, Dream Boutique! Isnt life funny! Now as we look forward to our move from the 275 bypass – we are excited to hear so many positive comments and words of encouragement. There is a general consensus that we’ll “fit in” there. We feel that way as well! Although we will sadly leave our Sherwin Williams neighbors, we look forward to becoming a part of the downtown community and contributing towards its growth into a vibrant district of eclectic businesses! We look forward to meeting our new neighbors! 

– Amy & Rachel

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HISTORY 

Address: 432 W. Norfolk Ave 
Year Built : 1910
Location Move: Magnolias New Retail Store. Relocating Summer of 2106
The Skinny:  Magnolias is excited to be a part of the River Point, creating a place of our own in the  historic Norfolk Avenue building that had for many years, been Tom’s Music House. Along with our expanded retail space and Window Coverings & Design Studio, a newly remodeled 1600 sq foot apartment and studio office space will be available for rent. This renovation of the former Tom’s Music House building will return the building to it’s former grace and elegance.
If you have photos or historical info about our building – please send them our way! We would love to share them with everyone!  Send to: Amy@MagnoliasOnline.com