So my wallet card goes with me everywhere, but I've been a bad blogger and haven't taken a lot of pictures of it. That changes today, as I took it to work while watching my wife's store for the day!
It's a crossstitch/embroidery store, and it used to be in a smaller, more ordinary space last year. But she wanted more space for classes and events and the like, and we wanted to move the place closer to home, so we rented out this old bank space in our neighborhood that was like 3 times the size of the old store. It's pretty cool to have a non-bank in a bank space, especially given the giant safe that now acts as a centerpoint at the back of the store:
Speaking of Wallet Card, I should show him off. The corners are getting a little wonky, and the bend on the side is getting more pronounced:
By this point, you've probably noticed the nice floor in the background. Here's a close up view of it:
The floors were NOT easy. Over the years, the two different banks reworked the flooring a lot, adding layer after layer after layer of garish tile. You can see how high the tile was in this picture below - check out the spacing under the door and the glue line:
You can also see some of the tile layers in the back area of the store. We only redid the floor up until one back wall - everything beyond that (like the bathroom, basement access, general storage) still looks like the same flooring that was in there before we touched it.
Moving back to the safe, there's a unit inside that kept track of voltage and was on a timer and stuff. I don't have any idea how to work it, but it looks cool:
Another cool thing we found in the safe were these old plates from the bank. There's like 5 or 6, but I picked my two favorites:
We're gonna do something with these someday...not really sure what though!
The building actually has 3 safes, though the upstairs one is by far the most impressive. The downstairs one is a safe door on a regular room, though it's pretty gutted so it doesn't do much. The third safe is in the basement, and is the night deposit safe that originally had access from the outside. It looks like this:
In the front of the store, you can see a little shelf that covers up the night deposit chute:
And then here's the spot that originally acted as the night deposit opening on the outside. It's got the Fifth Third insignia, which is pretty cool. We painted over it for my wife's store and now it has the "e" in her store name on it:
Speaking of the outside, one of the other really cool aspects of the place is this old tile. It's all green and white, and it extends from the sidewalk in to our inner doors:
What's crazy about the tile though, is that it used to be all outside. Originally the doors were back quite a few feet, but at some point in the bank's life they added doors closer to the street that were more secure. You can see the old doorway here:
Above those doors, there's some slapped up wood which covers up some other hidden goodies. It's the green and white wood that meet in the middle here:
Here's a picture of the top half of the window. You can also see some of the original tin ceilings in here too - the place is tin ceiling front to back, but it's all covered up now by some garish ceiling tiles in a drop ceiling.
So that's the bulk of the coolness of that space, but there's one last part I wanted to show off that scares the pants off of me. The basement is huge, with the front part being big and open and the back part being sectioned off into a bathroom, a safe room, and a weird little sink area. In between, however, is this space we just call "the cages." Because it has three cardboard rooms that you could lock from the outside. What's their purpose? I have no real idea. They're not protected enough like a vault to really keep valuable things safe, and it's not that well lit so I'm not sure what it could've been other than storage. All I know is I think they'd be the perfect set for a horror movie:
And so ends Wallet Cards tour of my wife's store. Hopefully his journey raises a gazillion dollars so we can bring the place back to its original condition and I can open a card shop down the street someday! A man can dream right?