Not many things peak my interest in Carrollton. It's a town that sets it's own pace and that pace can be sleepy at times. However, when I noticed a giant vault door appear on Alabama St. next to Underground Books I was instantly caught off guard. I wanted to know what was going on in there and as any respecting journalist, I had to find out. Little did I know, I wouldn't have to look far.
Lucky enough for me, the owner of Guppy, Daniel Aldrich, is also the Co-founder of this mysterious place. Daniel and his partners who include: John McCurdy owner of the event promotion company Carrollton Alive, Michael McCurdy owner of local heating and air company Comfort Tech, and life long west Georgia resident and investor Chandler Liner then took me on a tour I would not soon forget.
As I was escorted inside the heavy iron vault door I entered into another world, another time. I no longer felt I was in Carrollton. As you walk in you're immediately welcomed by another iron day gate that fully in-circles the entrance. It felt like I was truly walking into an old vault.
Once I made my way inside several things caught my attention. The Stainless steal bar that wraps around into a whole other room, the period piece art and books supplied by Underground books that lay elegantly disheveled on their built in bookcase walls, and the smell of rum and fresh wood that flooded up from south american rum barrels that The Vault cleverly use now as support for picture frame tables that lower down from the wall of The Vault's main room. I felt like I shouldn't be there, that The Vault itself shouldn't even be there. It seemed too surreal and secret.
Once I made my way past the bar and main room, I thought the tour was over. It wasn't. The Vault owners then showed me their members only room. The Red Room. To enter you actually go through the book case wall. This was something from a movie. To get in you have to pull a particular book on the book case. A trap door to a secret members only room?! I was blown away. The room is filled with soft leather couches, TVs, Entertainment, and beautiful pieces of art but to enter you must be a member.
To be a member of the vault you must be approved by the owners and pay yearly dues. These yearly dues come with a whole host of benefits. Some of the best ones:
Your own lockable PO box to store valuables
a lapel pin and key chain that gets you discounts ranging from 10% off at The Pub, Underground Books, and others to special daily deals at 4AM coffee for Vault members
The highest tier gets 2 hours of event time a month for free. They shut the whole place down for their people.
and of course access to the red room and many more perks, discounts, and special members only events.
Lock & Key Weekend July 27th-28th
For this weekend The Vault will be open to the public. It's a weekend long event called Lock & Key Weekend. They'll be having live music and their will be a full service bar with specialty cocktails House beer, Han Brolo, and Printers Cyan on tap Printers will also be their Friday giving out some free merchandise. If you want to see this place and get transplanted back in time this weekend is your chance to do it. They are only open to the public right now for limited periods and this weekend (fri. & Sat. July 27th-28th) is one of these times. You will not regret paying this unique and novel speak easy a visit.
The Vault's address is 104 Alabama street Carrollton. It's in between Sams House BBQ and Underground Books on the square. It begins 8:00pm Tonight and Saturday (27th-28th)