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GREENSBORO -- They didn’t charge for coffee at Emma Key’s Flat Top Grill.

It was appreciated. Especially on a rainy Saturday morning at the Corner Market.

Of course, it wasn’t just any Saturday morning. It was Christmas Eve. Shopping centers were packed with cars and frantic consumers. Maybe you were among the masses.

But here at the Corner Farmers Market, the shopping — and scene — was more sedate. If you were on the hunt for something that didn’t have a barcode, you probably could find it at the market, located at the corner of Walker and South Elam avenues.

Some people shuffled between tables. When the chill became too much, or somebody simply wanted a hot sandwich, they walked next door to the grill where it was warm inside.

The warmth came not only from the grill, where eggs and bacon sizzled, but from the staff. Tracy Whack stood behind a counter, smiling and taking orders. She and her husband, James Whack, have owned the restaurant for less than a year.

Lindsay Pendleton left his table at the market and popped in for a quick cup of coffee. Despite the weather, the woodcarver said the day’s business had been pretty good.

“I’ve already sold eight ornaments,” Pendleton said.

Lori Kelly stopped by Pendleton’s display to pick up a wooden orange cat she planned on giving her boyfriend for Christmas. That’s because he has a tendency to bring home real cats.

Then there was Linda Kite, who had a display of fresh fruits. She and her husband recently returned from Florida with sweet lemons. That’s right. Lemons that are actually sweet.

Nearby, Phillip Fuentes’ lathe had been used to create fine crafts. He displayed bowls, spoons, rolling pins and highly polished egg-shaped vases.

“I mostly make things that are usable,” Fuentes explained.

And beautiful, too.

“These are all natural colors,” he said. “They are made of dogwood.”

Smell that? A scent wafted from a table containing the handmade soaps of Donna’s Delights. That’s Donna as in Donna Anthony, who stood behind her soaps, keeping them dry in case rain leaked through the tent above.

And so it went Saturday. Christmas Eve at the Corner Farmers Market.

The place is an old-style way of bringing the neighborhood together to socialize, said Kimberly Grove as she walked away with sauerkraut.

“I love this little market,” Grove said. “They have such unique, neat stuff. And there’s a wonderful community here.”

Contact Joe Gamm at (336) 373-7090 and follow

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