A Touch of German offers visitors a time to enjoy thoughts of Deutschland, and bring to mind the skill and craftsmanship Germans pride themselves in such as hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments. Dozens of German clocks– musical, cuckoo and chiming add their melody during the day. There are handcrafted nutcrackers, smokers, and Advent Pyramids. Music boxes in an assortment of designs. Bavarian Steins, wine glasses, beer glasses. Many other European countries are represented… Russian Nesting Dolls, Austrian Crystals, wooden boxes and puzzle boxes from Poland, Jewelry from Venice, Blue Delft from Holland, and more.
We also carry a selection of tin toys, wooden toys, toy soldiers and more items to play with. A gift from A Touch of German will undoubtedly become a family heirloom. We also have German chocolates, candy and many other food items. A large selection of bulk spices and teas greet your nose when you enter. Seasonal items are sprinkled throughout the store awaiting every holiday. Soon we will be carrying a selection of German beers and wine. We are constantly adding to our varied inventory. We also repair all types of clocks, specializing in cuckoo clocks, mantel clocks, anniversary clocks, Grandfather clocks, etc. Stop by and visit with us. Bis bald!
Family Owned & Operated
Growing up in a household filled with German tradition (most of my family still lives in Einhausen), it was natural to seek out any place that sold German items. That is how I found A Touch of German. It was a little of home every time I went in the shop. My mother was very involved the the German club (FDSK) in Birmingham so I grew up in an environment of older German women. They enjoyed life, they worked hard to put on the best dances, celebrations. the funniest skits and the best food.
Fast forward 15 years to the day I stopped by and found it closed. It made me sad like it did many other people. Over the next few years, I kept coming by, looking at the shop, and thinking how much I would have loved to work there. One day I came by and saw balloons outside and the lights on. I came into the shop to tell the owner, Mrs. Peggy Grobe about my mother but instead, I said ” I want your shop! I want to keep A Touch of German open!” This is what she had been waiting to hear. My husband and I now own A Touch of German and love it. The shop had been calling to my heart and I’m glad I answered.
The day we purchased A Touch of German from Mrs. Peggy. Pictured are my husband John Caples, myself Judi Caples, and Mrs. Peggy Grobe.
Photos courtesy of David Moore at Good Life Magazine.