My wife and I took a road trip on new years eve over to Ethridge here in Tennessee to buy some sausage and bacon from a small family run farm in the vicinity. We stopped in an old filling station just to check it out because it looked neat. While the gas pumps outside no longer worked, it is now a little market/antique shop and a bus station for the local Amish community. They can buy a greyhound bus ticket there, then catch a shuttle to take them to the bus station in Nashville to get wherever it is they need to go. We talked to the owner, who is a delightfully nice gentleman and his parents built the place back in the 30's. He showed us a picture of his parents standing in front of the building in 1942. There is an old soda fountain there with about five fixed round barstools, and on Fridays and Saturdays they serve milkshakes and cheeseburgers. The little place was amazing, with a warm, comforting and welcoming energy and vibe about it. The owner had a Greyhound tv commercial from what he thought was the 40's playing on a console black & white TV of that era. The wood burning stove in the center of the store was magnificent. The store smelled good, like a mix of cured tobacco, old books, and dried herbs. The wood floor was beautifully worn and creaked as I walked on it. Old wooden crates, oil lanterns, canning jars, tools, food & tobacco tins, among other antiques adorned the original shelves and hung from the walls. I can't wait to go back again next time we make the drive to the farm.
"Study books and observe nature; if they do not agree, throw away the books." ~ William A. Albrecht
The wood stove on our kitchen level is a "fireplace" insert type. I so wish that hadn't been the only reasonable alternative at the time, as I would have *loved* a wood stove I could put a kettle on! I make do with my 30 year old electric kettle.
That looks like a very interesting shop to browse in.