“This is what I love, music, art and junk – and in that order,” said Greg Pemberton, owner of Circus City Architectural Salvage. Circus City sells everything from antique art supplies and records to costumes, metal sculptures and novelty furniture.
“I’ve always wanted this building… I had to have it, I used to pray for it, and then when I got it a few years ago I started Circus City,” he said. Pemberton was raised with historic preservation work, opening his first shop in Athens, Georgia in 1991.
“I travel all over the country to get stuff and I have the best prices of anybody, because I know the business like the back of my hand. I know how to price, I know what will sell and I know what’s cool. I try to keep up with trends to keep in business but I also like other stuff that’s just cool, oddities and things like that,” he said. Circus City is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 1001 Central Avenue.
“We like to keep it fun and I love music,” Pemberton said. He had a stage built to host local bands and charities, always free of charge. “We do free beer every Saturday, it’s like a party in here. We’re not about being greedy, I like helping the community and just being cool, we need more cool people in the world. We have enough of the other kind.”