Many people have asked, “what made you want to do this?” and “why did you choose this location?” To properly answer those questions, let’s take a walk down memory lane.
You may have heard me mention before that I’ve been dreaming of my own coffee shop for a few years now. To this day, if you ask my former coworkers, they will tell you the times I’d ramble on about the little details of the coffee shop I wanted to have someday. In my journal, you’ll see an entry titled “Coffee Shop Ideas” with sketches, interior design details, menu items and so much more. I remember texting a friend late one night with so much excitement about the plans I had. Her honest and gentle response was, “that’s going to be really hard.” Sigh. It really was just a dream and for a while, it would need to stay put right there in my journal.
Fast forward about a year later, another entrepreneurial ambition came up between a friend and I. We wanted to establish an online boutique and soon decided that we’d want a storefront location in Tifton, too. It wasn’t until driving through downtown and being reminded of the Golden Building that my coffee shop dream and this retail dream collided.
I didn’t allow much time to pass before calling the realtor and asking for a tour of the building. From the outside, all you can notice is the questionable condition of the building with its broken windows and barren state. I truly did not know what to expect and did not want to get too far ahead of myself with this little dream.
During the walkthrough, I felt a sense of responsibility to nurture this place back to life. I was so inspired by the details of construction and how well they have withstood the test of time. I knew that I have the life, energy, and creativity within me to make this something special once again. Here’s a taste of what I got to see beyond the broken windows (and the ceiling tiles!)
As I get older, I appreciate the little details of what makes things beautiful. For this property, it’s the lasting beauty of the design elements. I want to be a part of preserving that history and making it a treasure that others can enjoy today.
I’d assume a vast majority of anyone that’s ever seen The Golden Building are a lot like me. It’s hard to imagine what could be behind those broken windows. While presenting this idea, I had someone look me in the eye to say that this “pipe dream” would never be successful. Just as sure as I had faith in the beauty behind those broken windows, I have faith that these little dreams will soon be big realities for Downtown Tifton.
I wish you the very best in restoring this beautiful building. If anyone can do it, I believe you can.
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