My husband and his team have been busy the last few months opening up a new store across the street from Bryson City Outdoors called Sandra D’s and BCO MRKT on the Square. They asked me to paint a huge 35 foot mural on the back wall behind one of the cash registers and of course I agreed. I filmed a time-lapse of the mural but here are some pics from when I first finished it:
The design was a collaboration of ideas from my friend artist Stephanie Corfee and myself. This is the original sketch I sent her (you can click it to view larger):
The scene takes images from downtown Bryson City:
The Everett Hotel and the old Courthouse:
The old bank building, train depot and train:
I finally started keeping better track of paint colors I’ve used in projects too so I don’t have to guess on the next one or if I need to touch up a past project:
Here is a time-lapse of the mural:
I also painted the sign outside which was NOT as fun because I’m scared of heights.
Also the brick was textured and was brutal to paint!
I painted a few signs on the side of the building to show what is offered in the new store/bakery:
If I ever do something on this kind of brick again I think I would paint the sign white and then fill in the lettering instead of trying to back in to negative space:
The finished signs and the finished store:
The new store features shoes like Birkenstocks and tons of home decor and children and pet items:
The huge window here shows Bryson City Outdoors across the street and our food truck Big Laurel parked outside:
Another view of the mural. It’s 35 feet long and 6 feet tall:
Succulents getting some rain outside the store:
The store contains Sandra D’s Fried Pies Bakery and Coffee shop (Sandra is our partner Ben’s mother…and she is the best cook I know!):
The coffee menu:
A fried pie! My favorite is the strawberry cream cheese:
Here’s what the store looked like in January…I can’t believe how much they did in such a short amount of time:
Sandra Ds & MRKT is on Facebook here if you want to check out more!
Jan Maiolatesi says
Fantastic job on your part, you sure know how to lime-lasp well I got tried just watching you. lol The mural & the whole store are fantastic good luck with your new venture.
This is just amazing – Bryson City is so lucky to have you! If I ever travel to the US again I’m going to try to visit 🙂
SO much talent! It’s incredible. Well done!
You can be certain after seeing this post, I want to check out Bryson City. Your talent is incredible!
Vickie J. Stewart says
Such a tight-knit community up there in Bryson City, can’t wait to visit (maybe when it’s cooler). I have such fond memories of taking my boys to ride SMR and stopping there to drop about $15,000 in the railway’s gift shop. This time around, I’ll spend it on fattening tarts and whatnots for me and the hubs!
Beautifully done! So quaint and inviting. Hope to visit all three shops one day. Your stories and works of art are so inspirational. Thank you, Ashley! 🙂 And good luck to all! 🍀
Pat Langer says
Wow! Amazing! I can’t wait to see it!
That is such a cool mural, love it! Great job!
Awesome little shop to help revitalize down town. The fired pies are amazing, delicious baked goods and some gluten free too. Amazing bakery. Glad they are in Bryson
Dana Dodson says
My wife and I were there the last part of June. We enjoyed walking the downtown areas much that we did it twice while we were there. The whole experience was awesome. We can’t wait to return.