One of my favorite landmarks in the 380 Corridor is the little white chapel, which sits adoringly on 5101 F.M. 424 in Crossroads. This lovely example of architecture built in 1900, operated as a traditional place of worship and a cowboy church until recently. Now, it is a delightfully artistic store housing Southern Chapel Vintage Market, LLC, where savvy southern style has a French twist. This theme is echoed through every aspect of this serendipitous locale. One would never know what treasures are waiting inside by simply driving by, because in order to preserve the historical value, very little adjustment has been made to the exterior of the building, allowing it to continue to look more like a chapel than what it has evolved to. However, once inside, you will find this amazing little jewel should not be overlooked.
There is nothing more charming than finding a location and a point of view that come together in the most interesting way. Nicole Canales, always has had a creative side to her, with the gift of reorienting things and making the most of what is around her. She has the ability to entertain the notion of what things or places could be, not necessarily what they are, allowing her to come up with the perfect concept for Southern Chapel Vintage Market, LLC. By examining things outside of the box, she landed on the path that led her to this exciting chapter in her life.
Canales has a close relationship with her mother who taught her resourcefulness and inventiveness. This sparked her ambition to own a place where she could embrace her passion, spend time with her family and inspire her children as her mother did her. With the support of her husband and her strong sense of good timing, she embarked on her dream of starting her own business. It all fell together when she encountered the beautiful white southern- style chapel that had recently came available. This inspiring venue provided the ambiance and the space for her to comingle interior design, home décor, art, special interest classes, a supper club and wine bar.
During the process of creating her business plan, Canales recognized that several small business entrepreneurs and area artists were looking for a place to set up shop, but due to the high cost of overhead in the developing 380 Corridor and lack of store front space it was becoming an enormous challenge. However, that problem was resolved when Canales found likeminded vendors to take smaller available spaces within the Texas sized chapel. The group of vendors that came together have a harmonious synergy resulting in collections of products with a similar vibe, but with very different personalities. This collaboration provides an exceptional inventory and a consistent turnover in products, allowing clients many new choices each time they visit. When you walk into Southern Chapel Vintage Market, LLC you feel a sense of serenity; the aromas are pleasant and the variety of choices range from unique gifts, one of a kind works of art, and home décor from French to farmhouse.
They also offer interesting and exciting classes, workshops, and events regularly. There is also a beautiful venue that is available to rent for private parties, receptions and business meetings. Its charming and eclectic atmosphere is distinctive to the area, and gives you a feeling that you are in a space that graces the pages of the Southern Living Magazine. Another unique element is 380 Supper Club. “We host unique suppers throughout the year centered on the season and what it offers. We aim to provide a unique dining experience where our guests will enjoy dinner in our beautiful farmhouse style venue with a lovely view overlooking the meadow,” says Canales, “Our goal is to stay local, where each dinner highlights the season’s harvest from a local farm and each event supports a local charity.”
In mid-December, Canales will unveil the newest addition to the venue, UnWine’d, a wine bar that will offer wines from all over the world, served in flights, by the glass, and retail by the bottle. The wine bar will be open from Thursdays through Saturdays between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Southern Chapel Vintage Market. LLC, is a place where the merchants know your name, treat you like family and embrace the community. Somehow, Canales mingles together, a performance and entertainment venue, dinner club, wine bar, vendor weekends, and a boutique, fusing them harmoniously together. So, when you are passing by, don’t judge a chapel by its steeple. Come in and see what this one-off place has to offer. Their hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.