Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

A and E Drugstore in Pensacola

When I got here, the only quilt shop had closed, leaving me with JoAnn Fabrics as my only alternative. I’d been here about 10 months when one of my bible-study buddies asked me if I had ever heard of A & E? Well, yes, I had heard people mentioning they were running there, but I’d never been there. My friend took me there – took me to heaven for a quilter. You would never guess this place had bolts and bolts of just-what-you-never-knew-you-needed.


I went back yesterday looking for something exotic and out of the ordinary, and I found it – of course. As I went in, I had to laugh. I had been telling my friends what I really needed was the Kuwait or Qatar souks, where shiny fabrics are everywhere, and I needed some specific shiny fabric. I grinned because I realized this is the Pensacola souk, where you can find just about anything, especially if it sparkles. This is just a small part of the selection for Mardi Gras:


If you’ve ever watched Treme’, you will understand that there were a lot of people in A and E buying sparkle – sparkly masks, sparkly fabric, sparkly everything. As I was checking out, I even saw a separate section where you could buy beads in bulk, a really good thing in a town with a lot of parades where beads are thrown to the crowd.


But it isn’t called A and E Fabrics . . . it’s called A & E Drugstore! There is a pharmacy there, and a whole lot of home health care supplies. Just all part of the serendipity and quirkiness that is Pensacola. 🙂

January 19, 2012 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Mardi Gras, Pensacola, Shopping


  1. Wow, for a minute there I thought those were photos of that store in Doha with the grumpy-ish proprietor and the tons of bling 🙂

    Comment by Grammy | January 19, 2012 | Reply

  2. Oh, so fun! The photos remind me of Doha, too. Love that sparkle!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 19, 2012 | Reply

  3. Grammy, I think I have to bring the Doha reunion group to A & E . . .:-D

    Little Diamond, it is a really fun store, and I can hardly wait to take your MOM there! She will love it, too!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 19, 2012 | Reply

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