Roanoke’s “Salvage Dawgs” Coming to HGTV

Black Dog Salvage
When was the last time a fishing trip landed you a TV show?

If you’re Roanoke businessman Mike Whiteside, it wasn’t too far back. While casting lines with friends and friends of friends, he learned that the guy holding the pole beside him was a producer for the hit reality show John & Kate Plus Eight.

Between baiting hooks, the two got to talking about Mike’s work. He reclaims architectural treasures–mantels, doors, floors, shutters, you name it–from old buildings that are about to be torn down. He sales his finds, along with business partner Robert Kulp, in the Roanoke shop Black Dog Salvage.

Now, skip ahead a few months. DIY Network has turned its cameras on this history-loving duo and their ragtag crew. They’ve shot hundreds of hours of footage and cut it into a new series aptly called Salvage Dawgs.

"Hermann the German," a 12 foot tall Chinese statue, is one of the shop's quirkier finds.

A 12′ tall statue is among the shop’s quirkier finds.

The show premiered in November and was an immediate hit. When I asked Christa Stephens, Blackdog’s marketing manager about its impact, she laughed and said, “We’ve got a parking problem.” Salvage Dawgs has sparked a swarm of new customers. “Folks are finding us who didn’t know we were even here,” she added.

When they arrive, people discover more than architectural treasures. Beyond the expected doors and shutters, Blackdog Salvage boasts a 14,000 square foot “marketplace.” Stall after stall is filled with home and garden furnishings, both old and new; stained glass; gifts; and crafts from artisans across the region.

Salvage Dawgs hasn’t just captured shoppers’ attention. It has also turned heads at Knoxville-based Scripps Networks Interactive. After the show’s initial success on DIY, its first four episodes are about to air on sister channel HGTV, which reaches about twice as many households.

You can catch the HGTV airings on January 3 and 10, 2013. They are currently slated to run at 8 and 8:30 ET both nights, but be sure to check your local listings.

If you have DYI, you can watch Salvage Dogs even sooner. Two episodes air tonight, and all five original episodes air New Years Day.

What’s better than seeing the show?

Visiting Black Dog Salvage in person, of course. The warehouse-sized store is open Monday through Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM. Think you’ll make it out? If you’ve ever been, what are some of your favorite finds?

Tell us what you think of the shop and the show. Post a comment below.

56 Comments

  • Paulette

    Love the show and watched every eposide so far. In fact I now have it on my bucket list to visit their place of business. Born and raised in Norfolk and when they said that one had been an officer and the other enlisted I knew that Robert had been the officer. Love their humor and patter between them, love that things are being either sold as is or made into a usable item. I keep hoping there will be some new shows.

  • Terri

    When will the show be back on? Miss watching it, even if they are rerun’s.

  • Toni A. Torboli

    Salvage Dawgs is a must see for me even the reruns….I told my friends & family about the show as soon as I saw it. My 2 great friends of 45 yrs + and me learned fast how to refinish vintage furniture since that was all we could back in the 60’s, so we love what is done to keep history alive w/what is done on the show. It is a breath of fresh air even with Robert saying “I” all the time instead of “We.” Hay, even family members working together w/o hating it.
    Keep up the good work it’s a joy to watch. Toni A. Torboli

  • Nancy Berkheimer

    I originally discovered Salvage Dawgs last year and have been hooked ever since. Last week on our way to Tennessee to visit our son we took the Roanoke exit off of Route 81 and 15-20 minutes later we were pulling into Black Dogs parking lot. We quickly toured the warehouse and salvage yard which took us about 1 1/2 hours. We will definitely visit again when we are able to spend more time. The icing on the cake was meeting Mike who was gracious enough to have his picture taken with my husband and me!

  • Sandy mckee

    Im not sure why I’m getting diy but you are on and on my gosh I love your show im in love with antiques and I love the creative ideas you have when you see what’s inside old buildings and houses no thought is too much or out of reach. I’m 62 I would have loved to have worked at a shop like yours. I see old pieces on the side of the road and think what could be done with it but to see everything you do in old buildings
    Wow. Great show. I live in Glendale calif

  • mary mcleod

    Is there a back log of getting you to look at a house that needs to come down.
    In Spotsylvania County.

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