Well, before being Candler Park’s coworking spot, WONDERSHOP was part of a vibrant corner I’m sure. Just need to do more research on what this Oakdale & McLendon corner housed when I have time. Until then, I can show you this cool, old shot where it had full store windows in front.
I know it was bought by current owner back in the 1980s when he resided intown. He processed film/created images for local agencies so he needed darkness. The front of WONDERSHOP used to be solid wood with same red and gray paint as bellydancing studio. Many thought it was part of that studio. One look at the roofline tells you there’s more than just paint going on.
For around the past 5 years, instead of coworking, the space was used as a music studio. What is our conference room was their mixing/editing room – all wood paneled and low ceilinged. The double-thickwalls throughout help keep sound mumbly with the 12′ brick walls and cement floors. The two back rooms have that thick music studio window between them that’s kinda inviting. Just can’t decide which room is inside the fishbowl.
Also, they cared nothing for natural light.They seemed to have an affinity for painting ceilings and walls really dark colors (dark reds, greens, & purples). You can still see the original wine red and black trim notes in the front room. Guess it made them feel very mellow? Made me feel a bit squeamish, especially since it would be pitch black at high noon without a light on (remember Silence of the Lambs?)
So now it’s got new windows up front, light-loving paint that you can’t ignore inside and out, and a welcoming coworking interior. The next chapter of 1392 McLendon is being written daily.