"Hurry up and wait" seems to be the theme for most moms in Powder Springs. After all, life in the 21st century does move quickly.
Angie Queen certainly feels that way—especially after recently launching her bath and body products company, Organically Yours, in Dallas off Highway 92.
“Do moms have ‘me’ time?” Queen wondered with a laugh.
She and her daughter were spending her birthday this week in one of her rare "me time" moments, doing what she likes to do best: having a leisurely meal together on the Town Square and perusing through antique shops in the area.
“We go out to lunch, do antiquing (and) spend some unhurried time together,” she said.
One of her stops, the Country Store of Seven Springs, dates back to the mid-1800s. It's located next to the square at 4455 Marietta Street.
Proprietor Gloria Hildebrand said her store gets a lot of browsing moms popping in to check out the eclectic assortment of Americana and antiques.
“We have a reputation, and we do specialize in country stuff,” she shared with a wry smile.
Her antiques shop is on the Southern Quilt Trail, a collection of stores around the Atlanta area that promote more country goods.
“The idea is to show that there’s more fare for shoppers than just what they find in the malls off the interstates,” Hildebrand explained.
One of the ways of spotting a shop on the trail is by noticing a painted quilt on the building. Hildebrand revealed: “There are 13 buildings in this area that have painted quilts on them. We’re working right now on a brochure to connect all of the shops in all of the cities.”
They’re using funds the Southern Quilt Trail received from the Georgia Department of Tourism.
For those looking for Victorian antiques and early-to-mid 20th century pieces, there’s Cottage Antiques close by at 3924 Old Austell Road. Linda Cross at the front desk said: “We do get a lot of moms in here.”
Some of them may spot some architectural salvage elements while there. The store has a large collection of stained glass windows and lamps—some antique, some reproductions.
Down the road in Lithia Springs is Cholie’s Town 'N Country on Sweetwater Road, which features antique furniture, home décor and glassware.
But regardless of the specific antique store, remember this: Taking a look at yesterday’s wares may help Mom slow down and take her mind off of today’s chores.