Latest Post Update 09/17/2016
Opening Summer 2017 to Uptown Shelby!
Greenbrook Design, Kitchen & Bath Home Center
Inside the Design Center, you will find a unique one-of-a-kind show room. The kitchen and bath home design center will be sure to appeal to homeowners, interior designers as well as contractors. Plan to be intrigued and watch us GROW in Uptown Shelby.
We are excited to be under construction! Stay up-to-date with what’s happening as we share more details on this page!
Our Journey to Uptown Shelby
Location Address: 112-1 North Lafayette St. Shelby NC 28150
Construction has officially started! This is formally known as part of the Campbell building.
Here is a view of our location from the front. We have great plans in the works.
Original Post 5/13/2016
How we got here…
When Travis and I purchased a CNC Router at the end of 2013, we never imagined how much things would change for us and our business with Walker Woodworking. We certainly had much to learn and we definitely had many of challenges to overcome, but we will save that story for another day. The CNC router enabled us to take our company to a new level with innovation and technology and while we have embraced these changes, we also had new needs that our current space could not provide.
Learning the CNC software and getting the process up and going was initiated by Brandon Fitzmorris. Brandon was our lead engineer and helped through the initial transition. As many people may remember, our designer at the time in 2013 & 2014 was Jeneane Beaver. Jeneane had just had her first child and with another on the way she decided that she wanted to stay home and be with her kids; a decision that we respected but it left us in a position to find a suitable replacement. Brandon was eager to accept the challenge and therefore we had yet another position to fill. By the end of 2014 we had Brandon in his position as Designer and a new engineer in place, with the need for an additional engineer.
Travis and I had been debating ideas to build a new shop or open a new showroom. While we were not necessarily making any immediate plans for one or the other, we were approached in the early summer of May 2015 by excited new owners of a building in Uptown Shelby. They had heard that we may be looking for space and we were very eager to see the space. Soon after we were signing a lease. Since that time we have been patiently waiting for the process of architects, engineers and permits from the City of Shelby to run its course. Planning the space with the owners took some time, but we are thrilled with the end results.
Meanwhile, we have been making necessary staff changes in anticipation of this new showroom. Adding staff in space you don’t have has certainly put a strain on our working environment but we became creative and made temporary adjustments to make it work. Over the last year we have added to our staff: Jan Blanton – Design Assistant, Tyler Triplett – Engineer, and most recently Marty Warren – Designer. Marie Walker, long time administrative assistant, is patiently awaiting the new showroom to have her own office. During this transition she has moved to a home based office with me (Stacey Walker) and continues with day-to-day duties. We are all looking forward to the new Design Center.
A Little History…
The building itself is located right on the corner beside of First Baptist Church. Originally, construction started on the building in 1928 and was completed in 1929. The first use was as a general store, then it became a pharmacy and had a little restaurant in the mezzanine area. It was later a furniture store and they sold toys in the basement area. Within the past 10 years, the last to use the building was a furniture store. As far as we know the 2 upper floors have never been used for much except storage.
Over the years the building was handed down to generations of the same family. The new owners are the first ones to actually purchase the building. Kay, the previous owner, is the great granddaughter of the men who built the building. One was a steel maker and another owned a brick factory and these two men had children that married each other. That couple had a child, and that child was the parent of Kay and Edgar.
At one point in time, all the stairs and railings were painted bright orange! A few years back, Edgar took all that paint off himself and refinished each of the railings and banisters on site. (*Please feel free to comment in the feed if you have any other information about the history building, we want to give as much accurate information as possible about the building)
The interior of this building has some great features that are original to the building that we want to preserve and maintain as much as we possibly can. From the original tin ceilings, the beautiful wooden staircases, and the pine floors. We worked diligently with the owners & architects to help make this happen, but in order to bring the building up to date with today’s codes, there will be a big transition in some areas inside and out that can’t be avoided. In the near future, the upper floors will be renovated as well. The 2nd floor will be Uptown Indigo – an event space, and the 3rd floor will be the residence of the building owners.
And the work begins…
Construction officially started in early March, and the bulk of that time has been spent in the basement. More updates coming soon.
The process of making selections as been underway for a while now but there is still lots to do. We thought it would be interesting to see how we take certain design elements and put them together for the final product. Often times HGTV makes the construction and remodel process look fast and easy in a 30 minute TV show, but the reality is a much longer and very complex process. A lot of time and thought from multiple sources of professionals goes into making a project of this proportion come to life.
This past week we went tile shopping; Brandon, Wendi and I (Stacey) spent a day visiting several tile centers – 5 in all. We have several areas that we will need to select tile. The construction plans will be adding bathrooms and office space. Although we made some progress we still have a lot more to do and more to select. Here is a peak at some of the fun things we found. Did you know Charlotte has so many great tile centers? Daltile, Emser, Florida Tile, The Tile Collection, & Crossville Tile.
Construction to our Design Center has been stopped temporarily due to a Federal Grant approval process. Stay tuned, construction is scheduled to resume November 3rd.
Meanwhile, our team is still making plans, making selections and getting excited about moving to Uptown Shelby.
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