By DOTTIE DEWBERRY
For the Daily News
Buildings like humans breathe in, and they breathe out.
For years, the Bradley Store breathed in and out, in and out as the days of its life passed on by. Then for a while it simply breathed.
The Quinn’s have been the owners and operators of the Bradley Store for years; now the Livingston’s are breathing life into the old building, which is located out on Miss. Highway 12 between Sturgis and Starkville.
At one time it was a general store, and then on some weekends it became the Bradley Opry for local musicians, now it is The Sweet, Chic, and Shabby, who do provide Tennessee Hill music at times.
Today, it is called The Sweet, Chic and Shabby, and has been operated since 2009 by Jimmy and Peggy Livingston, nearly lifetime residents of Sturgis. They have raised and educated four children in Sturgis: Scottie, Misty, Christy, and Justin.
While talking with Peggy, she revealed that she has, for years, painted crafty items, made wreaths and bows, and loved antiques. So now she gets to live her dream job; she can be a store owner, paint and create to her hearts content down beside the highway at Bradley Store.
The store is open Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
There, shoppers will find wall to wall, floor to the ceiling collectible items in glass, tin, or basket weave. If shoppers need a birthday balloon, just ask and voila’ — the balloon of choice. She also makes special wreaths on request, plus gift baskets.
Come in and browse among the vast array of beautiful glassware interspersed with items made of tin or woven from strips of wood. There are picture frames, candles, vases, ribbon, Depression glass, and toys.
Be sure and notice the high shelves over the check out desk; according to Peggy, they are all collectibles from her family.
She said her father, Charles Brown, was known for his creations of moveable yard art, such as, the Three Wise Men he created for Helen Quinn.
Today, taking pride of position, is the Christmas tree covered in handmade painted items made by store owner-Peggy.
One of the most unique itemswas the snowman painted on a pod of okra. The tree has snowmen made of slices of trees, corn cobs, magnolia leaves, Popsicle sticks, and gourds. In the front window are a family of snowmen made from sports drink bottles, which come complete with toboggan and muffler snuggled around their painted-on-faces.
Recently at the store, music filled the air with entertainment by a band of lady dulcimer players: Eloise Lane, Donna Switzer, and Cecelia Bowden.
They also played the psaltery, the fiddle, and a band jammer. Most every week these ladies are out there playing or teaching others how to play these instruments.
Peggy says that it reminds her of the Tennessee hill music that she left behind when they moved back from Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
For more information about the new store, find it on Miss. Highway 12 in the former Bradley Opry building.