There is so much to love about our sleepy little hometown. The history. The architecture. The everybody-knows-everybody small town feel without really being a small town. There is a sense of community among its inhabitants that can be seen throughout; from the impressive turnout at the Antique Car or 4th of July parades to the “I believe in Hamilton” t-shirts on the backs of those behind the revitalization of downtown. It’s a quirky little city with its own personality – and we’re proud to call it home.
We hope you’ll join us as we explore some of the people and events behind the downtown makeover in the next few months, but for now we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorite little shops that always seems to have just what we’re looking for: Sara’s House.
Located on High Street (in the old “Hungry Bunny” restaurant space) is a little treasure owned by Sara Vallandingham. A Nashville native turned Hamilton believer and a girl after our own heart. Take a step inside her store and you’ll see why. Every corner holds a little piece of history. In fact, even the building itself has a great story – but we’ll get there in a moment.
Let’s begin with what they’re known for … her modern-meets-memory-lane take on lamps and lighting. She and her husband have turned things like antique radios, car parts, even old milkshake blenders into the perfect antique touch for any room in your house.
Among the small gifts, candles and antique or refinished items available in her store is a beautiful and well loved antique piano. (The neatest part – it belonged to her grandmother who raised a family from its black and white keys – a World War II widow who made extra money by giving piano lessons.) It is big and beautiful and is the perfect nostalgic centerpiece for her store.
Check out some highlights from our interview below: