Facing an economic slump in the construction industry, contractor Bobby Ross and his wife, Julie, have brought new life to the Corner Store Emporium, 1351 Cattle Point Road.
Long a general store, the Corner Store has worn many hats, providing fodder and supplies to local farms, and at times providing a creative space for artists and craftsmen.
The venerable building now travels full circle. Utilizing the entire space, The Rosses have created a warm and cozy store where they retail re-purposed creations, distribute the entire line of Chalk Paint Decorative Paint, and give workshops utilizing unique and simple techniques for the do-it-yourself minded.
Discovering and refinishing furniture has long been a passion of Bobby’s. Though not sharing that passion for refurbishing old furniture and decorations, Julie remained open-minded as Bobby continued to bring home things she laughingly says “made her shudder.”
Now Julie has discovered a paint company that complements Bobby’s business. She has arranged to represent Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, a line of specialty paints for decorative art and home décor.
The Rosses will have consistent hours throughout the store’s first winter, Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Julie will host a free demonstration, Sunday, Nov. 4. She will schedule workshops as well, sharing knowledge for paint projects to recapture a personal heirloom or personalize a found object, just in time for the holidays.