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It’s the start of tourist season and there’s little room for you on the sidewalk. There are cruise-induced traffic jams downtown. All signs point to avoid East Bay at all costs.

But then you’d miss the new, beautiful, rustic silver lining.

If ever there were a store you wish to curl up in more than your own home, it would be 132 East Bay Street. Inside the showroom at the newly opened Reclaimed DesignWorks you’ll find an oasis of comfort, rustic charm and a kind of serenity you thought was reserved only for ashrams in India.

And all those good feelings? They’re for sale.

The walls at Reclaimed DesignWorks come down; you can even walk on them. (They’re hung with antique and reclaimed wide plank wood flooring palettes.) Everything you see in the retail-type showroom–which includes hand hewn and rough sawn beams, antique barn wood and siding, and other reclaimed timber materials–is meant to be touched with your fingertips, smoothed with the palm of your hand and experienced as if it were already part of your home.

Who knew that you could feel such an attraction to something that used to serve as structural support or barn siding? By the time you leave you’ll already be envisioning tobacco pine floors for your office. And you’ll have already named the two matching chocolate labs you don’t have yet but will most certainly match your new reclaimed wood floors.

“Nobody feels quite like they do around wood.”

That’s what he said.

He is Scott Peckham, owner and entrepreneur extraordinaire. Peckham, who opened Reclaimed DesignWorks in March of 2012 after moving to Charleston from Los Angeles, loves the emotional and impulsive reaction people have to the reclaimed timber in his showroom.

Each piece in the showroom is old–some are hundreds of years old–and with that kind of age comes a kind of character, history and genuine warmth that can’t be manufactured. So much of it in one place energizes you with an enviable grounding peace.

That’s a big part of why Scott loves what he does. Helping people “put little pieces of history in their homes” and watch them experience the same impulsive and emotional connection he did in a Colorado warehouse “just feels right to me,” he says.

“If I walked into a dentist’s office and they had reclaimed barn siding, I’d feel better about a teeth cleaning,” he jokes.

But in all seriousness, you probably would.

Just keep that giant saw away.

Grand Opening – Tuesday, May 8, 4-7pm

Story by: Annabel Jones
Photos by: Karson Photography

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