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The Table

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

When I was in high school, my parents thought it was important for me to hold a full time summer job.  They also thought that working in a hosiery mill would ensure that I would go to college.  I'm sure they thought I would hate it and would want to do something far more prestigious with my life.  I'll bet they were a little surprised to discover I actually liked working there.  The people were nice and the work wasn't so bad.  The bonus was the generous pay check I received each week which Mom & Dad made me save and not spend. It wasn't long after college when the hosiery mill closed its doors.  Like many other buildings it sat vacant and the town lost much of the vibrancy that it once had.  As time went on, antique malls replaced department stores, art galleries and wine bars replaced empty spaces, and a certain restaurant replaced the old mill office where I use to pick up my paycheck.


The restaurant is called The Table Farmhouse Bakery, but we just call it The Table.  Whenever I visit Mom & Darrell, we often go to The Table for lunch.  I love the food as much as the decor!









I highly recommend the black bean cakes!  And the bread.  And the pies.  And the gazpacho.  And...


Asheboro, NC has come a long way in recent years and I love seeing the changes!  What was once a sleepy little town has flourished into a lively and inspiring destination spot.  Beautiful flower baskets line the streets, vintage/antique shops abound and there is always a treasure to be discovered.  If you live near Asheboro, I recommend visiting the downtown area now. And if you do, I'd love to hear about your trip.



17 comments:

  1. What a lovely little spot! We just moved to Durham, NC and we're absolutely LOVING this city (and the south!). We'll definitely have to take a trip out to Asheboro to check it out!

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    1. We love Durham! Really like the entire Triangle area actually. Asheboro would be an easy drive and a fun little day trip.

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    2. Mary, have you eaten at Revolution in Durham yet? We had the best meal there. It was a few years ago, but I still remember it well. One of the best I've ever had!

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  2. how fun!!! it looks like a great place and i love the history you have with it!

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  3. I absolutely love the chandelier in the restaurant. Just gorgeous. I am also intrigued by the Raleigh-Durham area. Out family is scouting out places to raise our son and we have thought about taking a road trip there from Atlanta this summer. Love the small-town feel and that people in the area are interested in the preservation of old homes and buildings.

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    1. I like the chandelier too. It is made from (lots) of old milk bottles. I hope you make it to NC this summer!

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    2. Oh my gosh! I didn't even notice it was made of milk bottles. Love it.

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  4. What a cute little place and I love the story behind it too. There are a few places that have popped up in my hometown that I'd love to check out at some point.

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  5. Such pretty photos. The Table seems awesome. Meet there soon! And I am loving you new deck and outdoor area. So pretty for summer.

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  6. I love your story. I recently took my kids back to my home town where my high school sweetheart, who is now my husband, and I used to go for burgers and shakes. It's so fun to see things change and actually become sort of historic. The memories are sweet and my kids said the burgers were better than Five Guys.

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  7. It makes my heart happy to see old mill towns rising from the demise of the textile industry in North Carolina and creating new life out of what was old and run down. We used to pass through Asheboro on the trip from Charlotte to see my grandmother in New Bern growing up and I remember stopping for gas and Mayberry's ice cream. We've taken the boys to the zoo and made a quick day trip from Raleigh but we will have to plan a day to go explore the downtown area! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Oh wow! I used to LOVE Mayberry's. They made the best grilled cheese sandwiches! Oh and chocolate chip ice cream, yum!

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  8. I need to go there to do some antiques shopping and have lunch at The Table. That place looks very cute! I enjoyed your story, too. Very heartwarming. Also a bit sad, as industries such as textiles have shifted overseas.

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  9. Love that photo of the wooden tables with the sleek white tolix chairs. I think I've found my outdoor table/chair inspiration here. Fabulous windows there too! (Good life lessons your parents taught, btw. Mentally filing it away for the future. :)
    Camille

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    1. Great combo isn't Camille? Love those windows too. The bathroom is even well done (wish I had a picture).

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  10. So fun to come across this while just seeing if anything would pop up on Pinterest about "The Table"! I live in Asherboro and The Table holds a special place in my heart. My Dad actually built the light fixture. So glad you can see Asheboro " moving up" and you enjoy The Table as much as we all do . xo!

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