From Issue #55 of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Country Roads Antiques & Gardens

Back in the Fall of 2012, I had a contest for the best new addition to our Country Roads logo. There were so many great choices from which to choose. Then I received an email one morning from a customer named Angela Hammel. She didn’t have an addition to the logo for me, but what she did have was so much more meaningful. It was a poem about shopping at Country Roads with her Mom. I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I did and still do…

My Twenty Years at Country Roads
By Angie Hamel

“I’ve been strolling down those Country Roads” since 1993,
Would stop for lunch then swing on by
Whenever I was free.

The garden would inspire me, I’d stroll from vine to pot,
A weird plant may have just arrived
I’ll find a perfect spot!

Then in I’d stroll thru days gone by, those memories…they come back,
Of ornaments and home decor
And oh that perfect flower sack!

I had a doll, I had that book, a smile comes to my face,
Remembering the happy times
I knew a slower pace.

I’d meet my mom and hand-in-hand, we look around the store,
“Remember that?...Let’s take it home!”
And then we’d search for more.

We’d search for things we had to have,
Our hearts were filled with joy of days gone by,
We’d cook and sew and loved our favorite toy.

Well, Mom is gone, passed on last year
Fond memories still exist of Country Roads and
Mom and me, she’s so greatly missed.

But here I am, right back in Orange
To “Country Roads” I’d go
Let’s see what I can find this time, gee whiz…ya never know!!

“In Memory of Susan Marie Hamel”
December 1st, 1929 – November 19, 2012

This poem, my customers’ comments to me at “the store,” and just the smiles and laughter I share with everyone at Country Roads, reassures me that I will be in love with this little store of mine for the next 20 years. Thanks to all of you who made a dream of mine be more than I ever thought it could be!


204 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92866 / 714-532-3041

Published in the Jan/Feb 2013 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

Written by Sue Jackson, Photo from the Orange Public Library & History Center
Colorized by the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

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