New life around ‘The Corner’

The Rosses Corner Store Emporium

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.