i don’t know what it is, but i want it…

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ok. i grew up in a very small town. every store/shop/doctor was owned by MY neighbor. Montpelier, Vermont doesn’t want big chains to take over the uniqueness of the town. my father had his own practice as the local optometrist. i gotta tell you, wherever my father went, people would greet him by name. i thought he was famous.

then i moved to Birmingham, Alabama. there are strip malls, big MALLS, chains galore, franchises EVERYWHERE. BUT,ย ย there are Beautiful small towns within the big city. i decided that i wanted to post images of these shops(sometimes) because i strongly believe in supporting my local economy.

when i find a beautiful shop, i ask the owner or manager if i can feature their shop on my blog. i don’t charge for this when i walk in.(all of my photographs go to WordPress (3,000+ followers) Twitter, Facebook (300+ friends) Digg, Linkedin, Stumbled upon, reddit, Pinterest, Tumbler, pocket & google plus…)

This flower was at Oak Street Garden Shop, Birmingham (Crestline) Alabama.

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  1. Kris Blevons says:

    Amy, we have a couple of different variegated yuccas in stock at Oak Street Garden Shop now. Happy fall ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Hello Kris! I will have to come by. Have you any perennials you are looking to sell? I’ve got empty spaces in my beds! See you soon! ~amy

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  2. Kris Blevons says:

    Any, I meant to tell you today we don’t have the yucca in stock now, but I’ll let you know when we do. Also, I love your pictures and blog! I posted a link to it in our next weekly email going out this Thursday.
    Best,
    Kris Blevons
    Oak Street Garden Shop

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, Kris! I would love to have yucca in one of my garden beds. It was so interesting to look at. Thank you for linking my blog to your weekly email. Can you send it to me at asaabsfables@gmail.com? I would love to see your specials anyway!! ~amy

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      1. Kris Blevons says:

        Done ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Amy, I have thought about doing something similar in the past. I just haven’t gotten out to search around for places yet. I mostly would want to search for local artists/musicians and perhaps write about them and/or feature their pictures on my blog if they don’t mind. Thanks for the reminder. You are a generous soul to do this for your community! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Oh, I do so hope you do that. The news is so frightening, when i watch or read it, i feel powerless. the politicians fighting about the things they can’t change. I do this to remind myself that change begins with me. I would love to see your town’s artists/musicians. Those would be great blog posts. ~amy

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      1. Thanks, Amy. I think I will! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Patsy

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  4. Kris Blevons says:

    Amy, Thanks for writing about Oak Street Garden Shop – it was so nice talking with you. By the way, the flower you saw in our side garden is a variegated yucca bloom. Come back any time! Kris Blevons, Oak Street Garden Shop

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, Kris! I had a wonderful time, so much eye candy. I will be back, next time with my real camera. I love everything i bought. Do you sell the variegated yucca bloom? ~amy

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  5. Dominic says:

    I’m with Michelle – pretty sure its a variety of yucca!

    Just out of interest – what’s your ratio of yes to no from the owners when you ask them?

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  6. Wotcha, Amy. I’ve nominated you for the Most Versatile Blogger Award, you won’t have seen it because it’s on my book blog. Here’s the link:
    http://thecrazycrone.com/2014/05/31/most-influential-blogger-award/
    If you don’t want to accept, it’s fine as some people like to participate in awards and some don’t. I find some of the rules & regs a bit complicated so I simplify them to fit what I can and can’t do. However, be aware, that if you turn this down, I will make a little wax model of you and stick in pins. No, slapping hands, just my warped sense of humour! Do what you will with impunity, Gorgeous!

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  7. Looks like a yucca plant? At least the flowers do … Did it have pointy, fleshy leaves, sort of like a mean aloe vera plant?

    BTW big stores drive me nuts. I LOVE finding a little, locally owned to explore — it’s like picking through someone’s personality, curated through objects.

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  8. Kudos to you Amy, we all should follow you and promote our hard working local small businesses and they owners to help local economy to grow!

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