The other night, I put on my cowgirl boots and took a stroll around downtown Nacogdoches.
Several shops were open late for a Holiday Open House.
The rustic beauty of downtown Nac is simple.
It makes you think of how people used to live in the early years of our country.
When I got downtown the sun was just starting to set on the historic red brick streets and the street lights were all turning on.
Being the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches has plaques on the historic buildings to tell you a bit about their history.
It was so nice to just take a stroll and stop and appreciate the old buildings.
Remembering what they were when I was growing up.
This building was were my dad first started his career in banking.
The shops that were open late for this holiday open house were all so cute.
I walked into this building and immediately started having flashbacks to my childhood.
The display shelves all looked so familiar.
So I asked someone what store this used to be, and it was an old department store called Schmidt’s when I was growing up.
I suddenly remembered the back entrance we used to always walk in and the way it used to look. Good memories.
There are lots of antique stores downtown.
All crying out for you to walk through them.
Each one held such treasures!
So many great things from years gone by.
I’m PRETTY sure these old red lockers were the ones I used in Middle School to change during dreaded gym class.
And just look at all this beautiful Fiesta wear that was begging to go back to Ohio with me!
I was sad to tell them I couldn’t give them a loving new home. After I pet and held them for a little bit.
Each store participating in the Holiday Open House had hors d’oeuvres for sampling. This store in particular went all out!
Check out the beautiful exposed brick in these downtown stores.
And the old wooden floors.
I love the way they creak when you walk on them.
I also love the beauty of each store and it’s unique character nestled with it’s old time charm.
Check out these ADORABLE owl nap mats at Polka Dotz Boutique.
Turns out the owner of this cute store was someone I went to High School with! That was a really fun discovery!
There’s just so much charm in downtown Nacogdoches.
If you live here and haven’t taken the time to slow down lately and appreciate the simple beauty of it, you should.
And if you don’t live here, you should visit.
Because, as it’s always said, the pictures just don’t do it justice. (Which, could be partly due to the fact that I only have my cell phone camera with me in Texas!)
And if for some reason you never find the time to visit the oldest town in Texas.
Then at least slow down and appreciate a downtown near you soon.
Lots more Texas to come!
The Lazy Mom
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