Ted Brabham of Atlanta, Texas, having suffered a stroke and now walking with a cane, is not staying at home.
Brabham has launched himself into the world of antiques and collectibles by remodeling and opening a 1,500-square-foot store in downtown Atlanta.
"Grandma's Attic is antiques, primitives and collectibles," Brabham said. "If you can look for it at Wal-mart, no need to come here."
What is in the store will be from Ted's and his wife, Penny's, vision and taste as well as from friends and "pickers" around the country.
"I have pickers in California, Pennsylvania and all over who'll call and show me over the Internet what they've found. If we say yes, we only have to add shipping."
Brabham said that Penny really owns Grandma's Attic.
"I help out, and I love to meet people. The building became available, and so we bought it. The last business I remember being here
was a beauty salon and tanning center."
The building's history is nestled in the town.
"To our south is Wicks' financial, which before was James Aldridge Accounting. Then Marv Weems, attorney, is at our north, which before was Dr. Hughes' dental office. Before that it was the original Carney & Mays Law firm. It's a neat area," Brabham said.
The Brabhams have kept the interior original with its brick walls and concrete floor but have opened up the space showing its impressive ductwork to give a modern industrial feeling. Chandeliers provide soft light, and comforting music at moderate volume plays throughout.
Brabham gives credit to friends, and especially Ben Wooldridge, for the design of the interior and overall impression. One of its features is that the space is divided into sections, each having its own looks. These sections are man cave, transportation, antique furniture, kitchen, vintage toys, high-end furniture, reading and music, and primitives.
Brabham tells his interest in antiques came from his grandparents who reared him. These were Vasco and Bernice Brabham, owners of Atlanta Federal Savings and Loan.
"Momma (Bernice) was a great antiques collector and I became interested from the age of five. I like old stuff."
Brabham said he is pleased with the way his remodeling has turned out.
"I knew what I wanted, but my friends get the credit for making it happen. There's so much I'm not able to do physically because of my disability. But I'm proud of it. I am I think it looks nice, and the public seems satisfied."
Then he added, "Several people shared our vision and have done so much voluntarily to help us that I'd like to personally name them. They are Ben Wooldridge, Barbara and Eddie Stokes, Ann Hines, Charles and Judy Potts, Mandy Wise and a friend of Ben's named Rueben."