In just a few days BHM will be gracing the interior of Fountain Square on the south side of the downtown square in Bloomington, and we're just SO excited!! Some of you may wonder, why the change in venue? And we'll answer, honest and openly - because we wanted to share with you the brilliance that is our downtown, and that is Fountain Square Mall (recently rebranded to Fountain Square).
Did you know that the block that Fountain Square now sits on used to be 8 separate buildings? Eight separate buildings that were just rotting and decaying from the inside out? And our beautiful downtown was just a shadow of what it is today, that is, until CFC took the initiative to rejuvenate the entire block of Kirkwood by connecting and restoring those once Loved buildings! Such great care (and Love) was taken in the restoration - and you can tell by just taking a simple stroll through the mall!
When you're in this Saturday, make sure to look up at the exposed brick in the vestibule and atrium - dream about what it must have been like when that area was likely just an alleyway between two unattached buildings. The sun now beams through enormous gorgeous windows and sets that place on fire (figuratively of course) to make for the best wedding, prom, event photos you can ever imagine. Take a walk downstairs and think up stories about that exposed limestone and brick that make up the nooks and crannies hidden away around corners and up half flights of stairways. Cruise up the glass elevator to the third floor and find yourself in a ballroom fit for a king - a ballroom that once had DROP CEILINGS covering those beautiful paintings - paintings that CFC restored to their once glorious beauty - now there for posterity.
But it's not just the history of the building that draws us in - that helped us to host our spring mini here. It's also the glorious INDEPENDENTLY owned and locally operated stores and shoppes that grace this building - from Will & Rose to By Hand Gallery, from The Green Nursery to Gather - there's something for everyone! Men's gifts from Andrew Davis, women's gifts from Tivoli, and something for everyone at The Game Preserve. Walk downstairs and meet the sweet sweet family that runs Stefano's. Stop in O'Child to meet the new young owners and say hi to their smiling 6-month old! Wave to the security guard who makes you feel safe and protected, because you are. It's a small little world inside FSM, and we're glad to be a part of it, if even just for a day.
So, when you visit this weekend for BHM - remember to take a look around. Remember to come back. Because it's never just about us - it's about our village - and we're proud to be part of the FSM and Bloomington village.