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Market Hill in Round Top, TX

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Paul’s newest project, Market Hill, in Round Top, TX is now open!  This 57,000 sq ft antiques and decorative arts marketplace boasts cypress panelling and custom barn doors designed by Paul himself.  Filled with Paul Michael Company Exclusive pieces and other select offerings from Paul Michael Company, Market Hill offers a deluxe shopping experience to Antiques Fair shoppers.

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Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Our good friend and favorite Girl Hunter, Georgia Pellegrini, spent some time browsing Paul’s American-made pieces and enjoyed some after-hours frivolity with Mrs. Debbie.

PMC at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

While visiting Market Hill, shoppers can explore our one-of-a-kind, American made pieces, conceived and crafted by our founder. Our Paul Michael Company Exclusive pieces are made from locally harvested wood and other reclaimed materials, handcrafted, and finished at our woodshop in Dermott, Arkansas.  Other Paul Michael Company offerings include furniture, rugs, decorative accessories, and antiques hand-picked by Paul himself.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for farm style dining table and black arm chairs.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for steer horn finial and cutting boards.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for grey metal side chairs.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for wine bottle art and upcycled bottle candleholder.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for recycled wood letters.

Some of Paul’s antique finds, these authentic antique wallpaper rollers shown below were dipped in paint then used to hand roll wallpaper.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for Cypress adirondack chairs.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

The view behind the building isn’t too bad either!

Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Located at 1542 HWY 237 in Round Top, TX, Market Hill will be open until April 3rd.

 

 

 

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

“Modern Pioneering” by Georgia Pellegrini + 30-Minute Fresh Mozzarella

Today we’re excited to share the release of chef and author Georgia Pellegrini’s new book, “Modern Pioneering: more than 150 recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life.”

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Georgia has been a regular visitor to the Paul Michael store through the years and has featured a number of our items on her website. She has also done several book signings in our Lake Village store and will be doing one in our Lafayette store in April, so stay tuned! Today we’re having her share a recipe from her new book as well as tell you more about her food philosophy. First, be sure to watch the Official “Modern Pioneering” Video Trailer:

In Georgia’s Words:
I read a quote somewhere recently that said: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”

For the last few years I’ve been offering women a chance to try new and daring things, giving them a safe space to fail and laugh-until-it-hurts in the process, to cheer each other on, and embrace each other when they had success. My Adventure Getaways have continued to motivate me to find new and accessible ways to offer a broader audience the opportunity to “step off the grid” in their own way, even if it’s just from their own studio apartment in the heart of the bustling city.

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I set out to create more recipes and projects for a self-sufficient life, with the idea that self-sufficiency is not only the ultimate girl (and boy!) power, but also brings you immense joy whether you are a full-time homemaker, a busy professional, or simply looking to do more by hand.

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My new book, “Modern Pioneering” is full of recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life. This is your guide for how to delight in the vegetables growing on your fire escape, to mark the seasons by the scents of the herbs growing on your windowsill, lit by the mason jar lantern you’ve made with your own hands. Whether you’re living on your rural homestead or sharing a studio apartment, Modern Pioneering is all about learning how to step off the grid in your own way, one that is uniquely yours.

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Divided into four parts, The Garden, The Home, The Wild, The Rest, Modern Pioneering includes more than 100 recipes, small space gardening advice, DIY projects, and superwoman skills.

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I hope the book empowers you to be more self-sufficient and brings you a ton of joy and fun in the process! It is available wherever books are sold for the first time today and can be ordered HERE.

As a bonus incentive, anyone who sends a screenshot of their order by midnight on March 4th to info@georgiapellegrini.com, gets free bonus content sent to their inbox!

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To get you all started and into the Modern Pioneering spirit, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese.

Silky, stringy fresh mozzarella really can be made in only 30 minutes, so long as you have the right kind of milk. In general, the key to cheese making is to find the purest form of milk possible, one that has not been ultra-pasteurized, since the high-heat treatment of the milk will prevent curds from forming. Raw milk is the best option if your state allows it; otherwise, search at farmer’s markets and health food stores for whole milk that is as unadulterated as possible. Even organic milks can be ultra-pasteurized, so read the labels.

Cheese-making kits are available with everything you will need other than milk, but you can also buy citric acid tablets and rennet online. If you want to make the curds in advance, store them in an airtight container for two weeks, or freeze the curds and reheat them. Save the whey, which you can freeze and use for baking high-protein bread or even scones.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Inactive Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 12 ounces

1½ teaspoons citric acid powder, either tablet form or powder form

¼ cup nonchlorinated water, such as spring water, distilled water, or filtered water from a Brita or other filtration system

1 gallon whole milk (not ultra-pasteurized; raw milk works best)

¼ rennet tablet (vegetable or animal) combined with ¼ cup of cool nonchlorinated water (also comes in a liquid form, and the proportions remain the same)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh herbs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, chopped garlic, or other optional seasonings

Sprinkle the citric acid into a large, nonreactive stockpot. Pour in the nonchlorinated water and stir to dissolve the powder, with the heat off.

Pour the milk into the citric acid solution and stir it vigorously to combine. Turn the burner to medium heat and let the milk’s temperature rise to 88°F if it is raw/unpasteurized and 90°F if it is pasteurized (use an instant-read digital thermometer). You may see the milk begin to curdle, which is what you want.

Remove the pot from the heat and pour in the rennet solution. Give the mixture a gentle, circular stir for about 30 seconds. Then use the spoon to stop the motion of the milk so it will be still. Place the lid on the pot and walk away for 5 minutes if the milk is pasteurized, 10 minutes if the milk is raw or unpasteurized. When you return, the mixture will resemble a very soft custard, with a clear separation between the curds and whey (the liquid that separates from the curd). If this hasn’t happened let it set for a few more minutes.

With a long knife or offset spatula that reaches to the bottom of your pot, cut the curd into a 1-inch checkerboard pattern. This will separate the curds, making them easier to stir.

Return the pot to the burner and stir it gently over medium heat until the temperature of the whey reaches no more than 90°F for raw or unpasteurized milk and 105°F for pasteurized milk. Remove from the heat and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the curd to a colander set over a large bowl. It will look stringy. Slowly spin around the colander once the curds are in it to allow the whey to drain from the curd, which will now have a soft-cheese consistency.

Remove the curds from the colander and gently squeeze them a few times to drain off more excess whey. Then transfer the curds to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and pour off as much whey as you can into another container, pressing the curd together with your hands to get more whey out. Add salt to the curds at this point, if you wish.

Return the curds to the bowl and microwave them again on high for 30 seconds, then remove the bowl from the microwave and drain the whey, pressing the curds together. The more whey you can get out, the more dense the cheese will be and the longer it will store in the refrigerator.

Stretch and knead the curds like taffy to drain more whey, then microwave them one last time for 30 seconds. The cheese should be at an internal temperature of 135°F at this point in order to stretch properly. If at any point it feels too hot or too liquid to stretch, run it under cold water to help it cool slightly before working with it.

Roll the cheese into a neat ball, or into smaller balls for bocconcini. You could even braid it or turn it into string cheese–sized pieces.

Fill a medium bowl with tap water that is at a temperature of about 50°F. Set the cheese ball(s) into a water bath for 5 minutes to cool.

Fill another medium bowl with water and ice, then transfer the cheese into it and let it rest until totally cool, about 15 minutes. This step will ensure that the texture stays silky rather than grainy.

Remove the mozzarella, pat it dry with paper towels, plate it, and top it with your favorite seasonings, like chopped garlic, fresh herbs, or red pepper flakes, along with a drizzle of olive oil. It is best to eat the mozzarella within a day, or it can be kept in water in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Sedona Style – Home Decor Inspiration

Nestled just south of Flagstaff in the Verde Valley area of Arizona, Sedona beacons visitors with a brilliant orange & red skyline of rock formations.  The natural beauty of Sedona is amplified by the setting or rising sun and inspires spiritual travelers, snow birds, and locals alike.

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona via RichardSutphen.com

Sedona Milamo Spa

Sedona Milamo Spa

If you can’t swing a second home in Sedona or find time to visit every year, we have some quick tips to achieve the Sedona Style without transporting yourself to the epicenter of the spiritual vortexes.

Sedona Style - Modern & Southwest meet.

Sedona Style – Modern & Southwest meet. (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Using natural elements, like the live edge slab coffee table and the woven stool, add interest and intrigue to your space. The charcoal grey wall and gem design modernizes and keeps the look trend-forward . The wall has the DIY feel of chalkboard art, but can be easily accomplished with matte paint and white tape.

Layer your rugs. (Photo cred to Sandy Alison)

Layer your rugs. (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Layer Southwest, Mexican, Native American, Kilim rugs, or cowhides for interesting floor coverings.

Mix modern and Southwest to achieve the Sedona Style (photo cred to  Sandy Alison)

Mix modern and Southwest to achieve the Sedona Style (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Mix modern and southwest styles to achieve a fresh look. Another way to complete the look is to add low-maintenance plants (I know, it sounds too good to be true!) like cacti & succulents.

Quartz Crystal, Teak Root Coffee Table, Layered rugs

Quartz Crystal, Teak Root Coffee Table, Layered rugs

Poppy with Layered Rugs & Natural Elements

Poppy with Layered Rugs & Natural Elements

Add natural elements like crystals & geodes or beautiful wood grains to create depth and interest with different textures on coffee tables, buffets or bookcases. As you can see, Poppy really likes this look. #poppysmiles

Husky Ranch via DesignSponge.com

Husky Ranch via DesignSponge.com

And, last but not least,  a Pendleton throw never hurts.

You can find our complete Sedona Style collection here.

-Elizabeth Michael

Report from the Road – Las Vegas Market Part 1 – All Play

Las Vegas is a lot of things. You can basically do whatever you want whenever you want.  Just hang out in a hotel lobby for 5 minutes and you will undoubtedly hear, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

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That’s me on the left with Debbie Michael, & Lucia Deen toasting.

After 20 days in Atlanta and Dallas, our buying team stepped off our 3 hour non-stop to Las Vegas exhausted. Our bittersweet arrival meant five more days of work, but with the promise of Vegas-sized activities at night.  Certainly more exciting than Dallas or Atlanta, right?

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Aria Lobby – Year of the Horse

We had high hopes of productive days and parties at night.  We only made it out two nights. One night to see Cirque du Soleil’s Love and then another night to see Carlos Santana.

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Truth.

The shows were amazing, but what really entertained us were all the new looks unveiled at market.  You probably didn’t think we would ever get to the market trend report, huh??? Stay tuned for Part 2!

PMC Team takes 1st place in Nation Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

We won! Paul Michael Company’s Lucia Deen, lead visual merchandiser, lead buyer, and head of Texas operations, won first place at the Holiday and Decorative Association’s National Christmas Tree Design Competition awards ceremony Thursday night.

HDA Presents Check to Lucia Deen

HDA Presents Check to Lucia Deen, 1st place winner of the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia’s winning look originated as a part of our website launch and was featured on the website and all marketing materials. You’ve probably seen it! She used a flocked Christmas tree as her canvas and incorporated burlap, wood, paper, pearl, and natural elements to create this rustic chic look. The tree fits the surrounding perfectly, meshing with the architectural salvage, reclaimed/salvaged objects, hard woods, geodes, and woodland artwork.

Lucia Deen's 1st Place Winning Design in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia Deen’s 1st Place Winning Design in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia said, “Although this award has my name on it, it really was made possible by not only my wonderful co- workers from the Paul Michael Company, but also through the inspiration I have gleaned from the creative work of my fellow designers, Jared Blackmon and Ron Pepper. A big thank you to all of the PMC team!”.

Our Christmas designer, Ron Pepper, also won first place in the Best Use of Ribbon category.

Best Use of Ribbon Winning Design by Ron Pepper

Best Use of Ribbon Winning Design by Ron Pepper

The HDA invited industry professionals to compete for cash prizes in the 2013 National Christmas Tree Design Competition. The competition was open to design experts who perform work in residential, commercial, or retail environments.

From Left: Cathy Malcom of Craig Bachman and HDA Chair; Paul Michael, owner of PMC; Aki Rahman, owner of Indus Design; Lucia Deen, Designer at PMC; Jared Blackmon, Designer at PMC; Elizabeth Michael, Manager at PMC; William Chen of A & B Home; Debbie Michael, owner at PMC; Simon Song, owner of Galt International

From Left: Cathy Malcom of Craig Bachman and HDA Chair; Paul Michael of PMC; Aki Rahman, owner of Indus Design; Lucia Deen of  PMC; Jared Blackmon of PMC; Elizabeth Michael of  PMC; William Chan of A & B Home; Debbie Michael of  PMC; Simon Song, owner of Galt International

The first place prize was $3,000, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place and category winners received $250. Categories included best uses of: silver, ribbon, Santa, fabric/mesh, ornaments, dried and preserved, berries/floral, and color mix. There was also a $1,000 award for best wreath and a $300 award for best photography.

PMC 2013 Review

2013 was a busy year for the Paul Michael Company! We did so many things that I’ll just hit the highlights.

Our partnership with P. Allen Smith got some of our sweet merchandise into Southern Living Magazine. PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLivingSee the article about P. Allen Smith’s Smaller But Smarter Cottage with Style.

We amped up our Houston Nutcracker show by adding a custom made gazebo to display some of our beautiful and unique furniture pieces.PaulMichaelCompany_StructureBegins PaulMichaelCompany_StructureComplete

We launched our website!!!!!! It was like birthing a baby but we couldn’t be prouder of the result.PaulMichaelCompany_Website

Lucia, our lead buyer, became a grandmother!PaulMichaelCompany_LittleGeorge

Jake Michael, Paul’s youngest child, proposed to his girlfriend of nearly seven years!PaulMichaelCompany_Leigh&JakeEngaged

How was your year? We would love to hear some of the amazing things you accomplished in 2013!

 

Ask and you shall receive…

I would have to say we have two most frequently asked questions: 1) Do you have a website? and 2) When will this go on sale? Well, to answer the first… YES! We launched our online store Sept. 1st of this year.  And, to answer the second, now! Did you know that we only have a sale two times a year, and one of them is going on now through January 26th.  Everything in the store is at least 25% off on up to 50% off. Some Alley Cats and Scratch and Dent is even 75% off!

SaleSo, stock up on your Christmas favorites like Mesh…

re1033f6Or, our exclusive, made in Dermott, Ar, USA cutting boards… All 25% Off.

pmd_cb018Or, snuggle up with our down-filled throw pillows… They come in all shapes, sizes, patterns and colors.

v350630Cozy up with a sheepskin rug, perfect for when you or your baby wanna crawl around on the floor, hehe.

79589-610x610-1352201932-primaryUpgrade your everyday dishes with our exclusive, made in Portugal tableware…

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Or, maybe you need to buy the perfect gift from our Home Fragrance section – featuring Aquiesse Candles (there is a book of matches hidden in the lid, which doubles as a trivet- Genius!)

99033_passion_fruit_citrus_11oz_decorative_tin_72dpiYou can shop the sale at all four of our locations and online now! Hurry in for the best selection.

-Elizabeth Michael

PMC Cooks: Delta Duck Wraps

DeltaMeal_PaulMichaelCompanyGrits + greens + duck wraps = party in yo’ mouth!

The cold weather can’t stop us from having a good time or a good meal for that matter. Since it’s been so chilly the last few days we decided to bring a little heat to our meal time festivities with spicy cheese grits and bacon-jalapeno duck wrap kabobs.

DuckBreast_PaulMichaelCompanyCube duck breast on cutting board.

Jalapeno_PaulMichaelCompanyCut jalapeno into 1/4 inch thick rounds. If you place slices of jalapeno in between duck wraps on skewer they will be spicy but not overwhelming.

DuckKabobs_PaulMichaelCompanyPlace cubed duck breast and hunk of cream cheese on bacon slice. Roll and place on skewer. Add slice of jalapeno between each wrap for a little kick!

CuttingBoard_PaulMichaelCompanyBaste your kabobs with a little honey, then it’s time to put them on the grill. Cook bacon on one side then flip.

Grill_PaulMichaelCompanyOnce bacon is crispy on both sides remove from grill and enjoy.

DuckWraps_PaulMichaelCompanyIngredients for Spicy Cheese Grits:

1 cup yellow stone-ground grits

2 large creole tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped bacon

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup sliced garlic

3 cups water

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp salt

2 tbsps canned chopped green chiles

1/4 cup mild Cheddar cheese

Recipe:

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, cook bacon until crisp. Reserve drippings in pan. Add tomatoes, butter, and garlic. Saute until garlic is tender. Mix in water, cream, salt, and chiles then bring to a boil. Gradually stir in grits, blending well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. Remove from heat and then blend in cheese until melted.

 

 

 

Simple Holiday Survival Tips

Words like “peace”, “joy”, and “noel” surround the Christmas season and are motifs in Christmas carols and decorative themes.  No one usually associates the words “panic”, “frantic”, or “busy” with the season of good tidings, even though buying the gifts, preparing the house, planning the meal, and finding babysitters usually puts people in a bit of a frenzy.  Holiday entertaining and decorating tips & trends this season can make it easy on your wallet and your sanity.

Paul Michael Company Rustic Chic Christmas

Paul Michael Company Rustic Chic Christmas

Don’t have time to light up the house like the Griswolds?  Don’t fret!  Adding subtle hints of lighting to your front patio will still create a Christmas feel without the weekend commitment of installing lights.  Lantern vignettes and clustered pendant lighting are the perfect way to get the Christmas glow and can be used all year round.

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Image via Rocky Mountain Hardware

When your lanterns aren’t being used for lighting, use them for display cases, indoor greenhouses for your small plants, or use them to store your bathroom accessories, like perfumes.  We love these DIY faux terrariums by Pewter and Sage.

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Image via Pewter and Sage

  When the Christmas season has come and gone, disperse your pendant lights in various rooms to change things up a bit.   Another idea would be to use pre-lit topiaries. Just plug ‘em in and voila! Your house has instant holiday cheer.

image via Thistlewood Farm

image via Thistlewood Farm

 Using mercury glass is an easy way to get the holiday spirit and also invest in items that can be used year round. Mercury glass adds just enough sparkle for Christmas and New Year’s when paired with natural elements, like pine greenery.

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via P. Allen Smith

You can use mercury glass vases or bowls with fruit, acorns, and pecans.  Use “home-grown” nostalgia to tie in new elements and make the look your own. Here in the Delta, we all have tons of pecans in our yards. Pecans make great centerpiece & vase fillers.

Mercury Glass Vase

Image via HGTV

 When the Holiday season ends, mercury glass can be tied into a number of different looks like a rustic or vintage home, homes with a French flair, or even a pop of shine in traditional homes.

Image via Elle Decor

Image via Elle Decor

Here is our Luxe Lodge look styled by our lead designer, Lucia Deen. This look incorporates mercury glass and transitions so easily from Holiday to everyday.

Paul Michael Company Luxe Lodge

Paul Michael Company Luxe Lodge

Now that the stage is set on the inside and out, you are ready to accept your family and friends into your home and make new holiday memories. A lot of times, holiday memories are made around a meal, by hand and out of time honored, family recipes. Unless you have a small army of Christmas elves to help, you should always try to make things as simple as possible. Porcelain bakeware imported from Portugal can go straight from the freezer to the oven up to 500 degrees to your table, so you can prepare in advance.

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

The Paul Michael Company imported porcelain from Portugal and took extra care to ensure the highest quality and design.   

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

These are just a few basic tips to get you started inside and out. Stay tuned for more! If you cannot wait until our next post about Holiday decorating, visit one of our stores to consult with one of our talented team members :)

Meet the PMC Team: Monroe Store Manager Debra Bailey

Here is our second installment of Meet the PMC Team! This is Debra Bailey. She is the Monroe, Louisiana Store Manager.
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Meet her dog, Brady, too!  Debra joined our team in May 2013 as the Store Manager of our sister store, D & P Interiors in Canton, TX.  As we grow, we love to promote from within.  When the store manager position in Monroe opened up, we thought of Debra from D & P!  Debra comes to us from a 15+ year career at JCPenny’s.  She helped us launch D & P Interiors, manage our Monroe, LA store, and even contributed to the opening of our online store!  She is a true team player.

Enjoy her Q & A.

Where are you originally from and how did you make your way to Monroe, LA?  Dallas, Texas. Paul Michael offered me a great opportunity and he is very persuasive :)

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What is your favorite item in the store right now? We receive new merchandise almost daily….it seems my favorite items changes with every new delivery. But, today, it would be The Geode’s.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I live in a Castle

Do you have any pets? Yes, my precious Brady (dog).

What is your favorite jam (song, not served with butter and toast) at the moment?
Eric Church’s “Keep On”.

Debra in Monroe, LA

What do you love most about working at PMC? The Family Atmosphere.

What do you look forward to most about the Holiday Season? All the scents in air and music.

What is your favorite thing about Monroe, LA? Shrimp & Grits
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These Shrimp & Grits are from Restaurant Cotton in Downtown, Monore. You will see a lot of our decor and furniture there. Hugs, Chef Cody Bahr!

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