Rachel St. Photography | Beaumont Local Focus August 2014 - Grandma's Basement

Beaumont Local Focus August 2014 - Grandma's Basement

August 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tired of the same ol' same ol' furniture, nick-knacks and accessories? Look no more - Grandma's Basement is for you! Supporting local mom and pop businesses is something YOU can do to support your community - plus, at Grandma's Basement, you're sure to find a jewel or two!

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Jen Trenbeath is the owner and operator of Grandma's Basement - located in Old Town on Calder and 7th (2406 Calder Ave.). Grandma's Basement is an antique and vintage shop which features collections from 9 separate dealers. Local dealers housed at Grandma's Basement offer a wide variety of items from antique furniture, household goods, and even postcards, to playful vintage clothing and accessories. My two favorite dealers at Grandma's Basement are The Technicolor Owl and Stellar Treasure - for the same reason: amazing vintage home and personal fashion items!

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I met with Jen to talk about her passion for antiques, costume jewelry and Blenko Art Glass as well as her personal enjoyment of local eateries such as Tacos La Bamba, Chaba and The Jamaican Cajun Food Truck

Grandma's Basement just celebrated their 4 month anniversary. Trenbeath envisions the next 5 years to see a more dedicated and diverse clientele. She says there is a fun appeal to Grandma's Basement that is apparent as soon as you step into her world of treasures. "Everyone who comes in comments on the wide variety of items. Because each dealer is unique," she continues, "we're able to hit a lot of interests and styles in the shop. The best part of antiquing anywhere is the memories they invoke in the person shopping." (C)Rachel St Photography 4096593151

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Life as an antiques dealer and shop owner isn't a cake walk, though. Jen explains, "It is a lot of work - a lot of work that I didn't initially expect, but it's rewarding and exciting! Beaumont has a small community feel so I have been able to be involved in things that, if I weren't a business owner, I'd not have been able to participate in."

As many locals know, Beaumont Independent School District is currently undergoing TEA scrutiny. Individuals and businesses across the city have put forth their support and encouragement for local teachers. Grandma's Basement is participating in the Adopt a BISD Teacher Supply Drive to help offset the budget cuts and current teacher fund deficiencies. (If you're interested in adopting a BISD teacher, stop by Grandma's Basement to find out what their current needs are.)

Not only does Jen support BISD teachers, she is committed to her community. She regularly supports Tacos La Bamba, Chaba's and the Jamaican Cajun Food Truck.

Just down Calder Avenue, you'll find one of Beaumont's most beloved local eateries - Tacos La Bamba. Jen and the rest of the Grandma's Basement dealers often frequent this hipster loving joint for lunch. (Their beef tortas are AMAZING - and with every bite, I recall the beauty of Mexican Taco Venders.)

Jen and her husband John also love and frequent Chaba - a Thai Bistro on Phelan Blvd. "We would eat at Chaba every day if we could," she says with a laugh. I'd go with them if I could, because the food and atmosphere at Chaba is amazing. 

And then of course, there is the Jamaican Cajun Food Truck. Grandma's Basement, along with several other Calder Ave. businesses participate in "First Thursday on Calder". This really cool event showcases the best of Calder businesses and every First Thursday, you'll find the Jamaican Cajun Food Truck right outside of Grandma's Basement to satisfy your pre/during/post shopping appetite. I've also eaten from the Jamaican Cajun Food Truck and I have to tell you, it is delicious! 

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Welcome to the newest feature of my blog! Every month I will showcase a local business. It is my goal to help unite us and help us get to know each other. If you're a business that would like to be featured, please email me at rachel@rachelstphotography.com or call me at 409.659.3151. You can also find topics I share on twitter or facebook via #artistsunite. 


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