Wednesday, February 25, 2015

an old mill + coffee shop

there is an old abandoned mill in our city that is now being used for art studios, office space, and there is even a coffee shop. our church office is actually in the mill since we don't have a building. old structures like that are always so neat to explore and snap photos of. 

on Sunday, Thomas and i were out running errands and decided to stop in at the coffee shop and try out their chai tea. so, we got our tea & then explored inside the mill a bit. it was kinda creepy because not a lot of people were in there on a Sunday, but it was really neat also to see the wear & tear, the color, the openness. it's not something you get to do everyday! 



do you have any reclaimed buildings where you live?


28 comments:

  1. This looks like a fun place.


    "Do you have any reclaimed buildings where you live?" Well, in Myanmar everything is reclaimed but they just never fixed it. Like you can still see a big gash in the wall from where a bomb hit but did they fix it up? Nope =) There are lots of nice buildings too though!


    My sister lives in Boise, Idaho and there is a coffee shop there that purchased an old church. They have made it absolutely beautiful and I love going there. They have the best coffee and green chile quiche I have ever had.

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  2. That looks like something out of The Walking Dead :) ... It really does look like a photographer's dream place to shoot!

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  3. Flint, well and Detroit, are full of places like this. we can't exactly go in them haha. But this place looks soo cool! I would love to explore there!

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  4. that place looks so awesome!! I WANT TO GO!

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  5. What an awesome place to visit!!! I'm sure the coffee was GOOD!

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  6. that is so awesome! i love the industrial look (in its natural habitat, unlike the attempted versions at chipotle and other places haha). near us they just turned a factory into a martial arts studio--and although i'm not into martial arts i'm jealous of the space! it's huge and has enormous windows.

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  7. What a gorgeous building! I love when buildings are reclaimed and put to good use, even if they're not in the best condition. San Diego has plenty of old warehouses downtown that are being repurposed for art studio and restaurant spaces, with apartments as well. It's very hip and trendy I've noticed. Great photos! :)

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  8. These are great pictures. No, we don't have any where we live. I think that is why I always loved the east coast and Europe. There are some beautiful buildings out there.

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  9. Your pictures are kind of creepy- especially with the peeling brick paint. At the same time that place looks really cool! There's this really old bookstore downtown denver that I LOVE- im not sure if it's a reclaimed building or not but it has the feel of one and is just so fun!

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  10. ummm i LOVE this idea.
    i see so much potential and just love when people make old things useful again!
    we have a few buildings like this all over town - the artist heart in me wants to rent a studio in them because they have such beautiful textures, light, opportunities! haha

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  11. haha yeah i can bet there are a lot of old buildings over there! how crazy that you can see where bombs hit! kinda spooky but kinda cool too!

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  12. haha it really does look like zombies should live there! ;)

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  13. haha it was super fun to explore!!

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  14. it was! i love the atmosphere of the coffee shop & then just walking around the mill was neat!

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  15. haha true! this is definitely in its natural habitat! that is so neat! yeah i love the huge windows in these places!!

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  16. i agree! i think it's awesome to use the building instead of just letting them sit there abandoned! that is so neat that there are so many!! the place i got married was a renovated old cotton mill & it is a venue on the bottom & apartments on the top!

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  17. this place was so neat! i couldn't stop snapping photos! i agree - Europe & the east have really neat buildings! of course, Europe has way cooler stuff than us :)

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  18. super creepy! i wouldn't go in there at night! no way! that is neat! i bet a bookstore is really cool!

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  19. i agree! giving new life to old shells, sounds familiar :) kinda like what the Lord does for us!! for real - these are places that artists flock to & i see why!!

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  20. So very cool! Berlin is full of buildings like these and I never get sick of them! It's inspiring to see how places can be reappropriated without losing all of their "charm" or authenticity.

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  21. Oh I love this! WE have an old elementary school turned coffee shop and event center here! I love it!

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  22. Love this! Also, love your new design!

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  23. That would be fun to explore! Near where my grandparents live, a really old, large, schoolhouse was turned into a mall. It was really fun to go into the classrooms and find a little boutique in each one!

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  24. i don't think you could ever get sick of sights like these! ;) i agree, it is really neat how the building look hasn't changed, but there is new life in it!

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  25. that is so neat! what a great way to use an old school building! we have an abandoned school near us... i hope they reclaim it into something awesome like that!

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  26. this is when i wish i had a real camera & knew how to use it! so many awesome sights! and thank you about the design! i am loving it!

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  27. that is so cool! each classroom a little boutique - super cute!!!!

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