Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Riverbend Antiques... Ron "Catman" Bellomy... {Cool...Cat...: ) } oh my...'The Journey'...: )

As I was headed Home...from my Amazing...Botanic Garden Get Away...
and... Lovely Stay...in Davenport...at The Hotel Blackhawk...
I was encouraged...by the young man...at the Coffee Shop...to check out...
'Riverbend Antiques'
He said...it was one the Largest Solely Owned... Antique Shops...in the Country...
I Believe...that is True!
Holy Smokes!
I arrived early...and waited....
I thought about heading home... but...after window...peeping...
Jethro...and I decided to stay...put...: )
I'm so...Glad we did!
What a Journey!
I Totally...Clicked...with Ron...
I gathered...some Darling...Soulful...Treasures....
A Big...Chandelier...
That...Awesome Victorian...Chip Carved  Mirror...
{a Gift...for Mark...for Helping...so Much...at The Tag Sale!}
and...The Gnarliest...Worn...Velvet Covered...Organ Stool!
oh my!
But...The Best....'Treasure'...was meeting...The Catman...
He is such...a Soulful...Man...
 Tells it like...it is..
a Straight...Talker...
I...Like That...!
He is also...a Huge..Animal...Lover..
I Love That!!!
yes...we Hit It Off!!!
He took me through his Buildings....and Beautiful... Hibernian Hall...
 Ron...refers to it... as his...
'Man Cave'!
Oh My...
I went up...on the Choir Loft...and gazed...
It was...Incredible...
On his brochure... it says..."250,000 Items... in 4 Historic Buildings..."
oh my...
{The Buildings... all date...from the mid 1800's... oh my...
Filled with...Soul...}
Ron also... took me for a private tour...of his...Incredible...Home...
What a Gift...
He has walls...covered...with his...Darling Daughter's...Photos...
She is 15...and The Apple...of His Eye...
{as we visited... listening to him...Sing her Praises...
reminded me...so... of another...
Wonderful...Father... I once...knew...
with tears in my eyes...I told him so...
What a Gift... he is...to her...
He sees it...the other way...around...
Trust...Me...
I Know...
He...is...the Best Gift... a Daughter... could Ever...Have...: ) }
Yes...
This...trip...was an...Amazing...'Journey'..
These...Old...Gnarly...Grungy...Soulful...
Treasures...
sure...
have been a Blessing...
in my...life...
and...have taken me...to some of the most...
Wonderful...Places...
and...Put the Most...Beautiful...People..
on my Path...
When you get to Davenport, Iowa...
Stop in...and see 'The Catman'...
Tell him...
Barbara...sent ya...
: )
Love to ya...
Barb C.
 
Ron "Catman" Bellomy
yes...
He's a Cool...Cat!

This was the First...thing...that caught my eye...when I walked in...
I Had...to get it...for Mark...
{if he doesn't like it...I'm keeping it...it is...so...Gnarly!}
The Rooms...go...on and on...and On!
Several Buildings...Full...and  Neat...as a Pin!
You Name It...Ron's Got It! He's been here...for 42 years...
oh...my...
Fun Stuff!
Everything...from Upholstered Furniture...to Lighting...
oh my....
I Loved...this Amazing...Sofa...and matching Barrel Chair....
Yowza!
The Man...Cave...
Seriously..
I wanted to Move In!!!!
Awesome!!!!

2 comments:

cindy said...

Told Tom--field trip forthcoming! Wednesday are often our "play date" and this place is going on my future trip list to be sure! What fun!!

simplyiowa said...

Grrrrreat! Take Mark with ya! He'd Dig It!
See ya this afternoon!
Love to ya!
Barb C.