The best pictures are taken when you least expect that there is going to be an opportunity. This picture was taken at one of those times, a classy little rest area and souvenir shop called “Annette’s Touch Of Class”, in the middle of Houston and Huntsville, TX, right off I-45. Annette’s is a unique and welcome sight among the sea of cars. 

Wonder those lost roads…..

Living among the ever-changing bright lights of Houston, I try to venture to the outskirts every now and again to visit “the past”, those little things about country living that will never change no matter how the city evolves. One afternoon we stumbled upon this beauty, Annette’s (as I’ve shortened it) is so much more than you would expect seeing it from the road. There is so much to Annette’s, I could never fit it all into one post so please stay tuned for more on this great little discovery on later posts. 

This is the inside of a 1950’s Chevy Pickup Truck, well worn and well placed in the front of the souvenir shop. The outside worn to the frame with rust, in spots, busted lights and broken handles it leaves a lot to the imagination. As soon as I saw the truck, I pictured kids riding in the bed racing down a dirt road laughing on a hot summer’s day as Grandpa gave them a quick scare with a dip in the gravel road. The more I looked at it the more I saw a family relying on this one vehicle for the sustenance of life. Relying on these very four wheels for the nourishment of the family, the progression of the farm, of which, the whole town relies on. 

Annette’s is a great place to snap a picture of the past, get lost in memory as you wander around the massive gift shop or take home a piece of your childhood with one of their pieces from the antique shop. No matter what you are looking for or looking to do, Annette’s is perfect for all of it.

**EDIT: I am so sad to report that as of February 2019 “Annette’s touch of class” has closed its doors for good. Such news is heartbreaking because this establishment was such a breath of fresh air in the Houston area. An escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and constant rat race. **


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