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Round Top March 2021

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THE EVOLUTION OF ROUND TOP'S MARKET HILL F ollow me," says Paul Michael, adjusting his red-bandanna face covering as he led a walking tour of the 135,000 square feet of Market Hill in Round Top. He wanders through the wide, covered halls that give way to individual storefronts with tall, sliding barn doors. Within these bright, airy spaces, the elements are held at bay and present blank canvases for the antiques, home decor, art, and vintage finds amassed by the 25 dealers who call Market Hill home. THE DESTINATION "I've been coming to Round Top for decades," Michael says. "It's been a prime hunting ground for me — for my American-made furniture business and for my own antiques and vintage interests. It's a destination, and I see it growing in popularity. That's why we put roots down in Round Top." Paul Michael Home is roughly one mile north of the Round Top city limits. Formerly a 15-acre cow pasture, the Michaels, over the past five years, have built a venue that's now open year-round on weekends and by appointment other days. For the three main antique shows — winter, spring, and fall — Market Hill dealers are on-site daily. "The pandemic has caused many of us to rethink our business plans," Michael says. "We see growth in people coming to Round Top outside the shows, and we're catering to those needs. When Houston Ballet's Nutcracker Market closed due to COVID, we moved all of our Christmas and holiday goods to Round Top and welcomed our customers to the country. Round Top is a year-round destination." BY KATIE STAVINOHA A ROUND TOP ANTIQUES SHOW GUIDE PROMOTION Paul Michael All photographs interiors of Paul Michael Company at Market Hill 88

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