(Deep, contented sigh.)
It’s kind of wonderful for me walking through the streets of my hometown. It has a charm that can’t be matched – and adding to that charm is the blossoming art atmosphere of downtown. Among the historic, brick-front buildings of North Main Street, shops showcasing the beauties of local artisans have opened up for business and fit perfectly into the friendly, southern atmosphere of Kernersville.
In the past I’ve touched on this topic in the form of an informative piece on our friends at Vintage Jane – my very first article on Hand/Eye (try to contain your tears of nostalgia) – and now I’m back at it, here to sing my praise of Eclection, happily located only a few minutes from Guilford’s campus. For some of you, perhaps this is what an art degree and a bit of business-savvy thinking can turn into after graduation.
Opened in 2012 by Chris Federico, Eclection is like a “physical Pinterest.” Vendors from The Triad who specialize in every possible form of art can rent a booth inside the main part of the store and sell their artwork and vintage wares. Classes are taught in another room. Coffee, wine, and gourmet snacks are served at the bar, and you can sit in a cozy lounge area nearby. When I walked inside, I said only “Whoa…” The cliche “like a kid in a candy store” is an accurate description of me at that exact moment. I think I heard the singing of angels.
Since I clearly can’t do anything but blabber about how amazing it is, please enjoy this slideshow before continuing.
Looks pretty awesome, right?
And just when you think it can’t get any more exciting, you hear it’s expanding – within the next week or two, Eclection will also be home to a wine bar called Breathe!
Chris told me that Eclection came from a desire to make the Kville Indie Flea, usually seen only on Saturdays from March to June, a permanent fixture in the life of downtown Kernersville, and I, for one, am lovin’ it. Because each booth of Eclection is handled by a different artisan, it has the same vibe as Elsewhere – just one of the many ways that eclectic and historic downtown KVegas has been reminding me of magical and lively downtown Greensboro.
I highly recommend checking this one out, y’all. I may just go with you.
Eclection is located at 101 Armfield Street and is open from 10am – 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 10am to midnight on Friday and Saturday.