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Area buildings coming to life under new ownership

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Davis Building, 115 W. National Ave., is currently owned by Lee Stakes, who plans to open a deli/bakery/coffee shop in the former bank space and utilize the upstairs area for residential purposes. [Order this photo]
A new year springs new hope for some of the buildings on the west side of National Avenue.

Recently, The Brazil Times contacted the owners of some of the buildings, many of which have sat vacant for a number of years, to inquire about their future plans.

Jared Grable, owner of the old bank building at 101 W. National Ave., has already made a step forward as the building currently houses The Renaissance Reception and Conference Center.

The old bank building, 101 W. National Ave., which is currently owned by Jared Grable, houses The Renaissance Reception and Conference Center and a mortgage company. Grable told The Brazil Times he also plans to open up the upstairs to lease as office space. [Order this photo]
"There is also a mortgage company in the building and there will be office space upstairs that can be leased," he said. "We are still remodeling and cleaning, but we are leaving the limestone on the outside of the building and we can't remove the safe."

At 115 W. National Ave., sits the Davis Building, which is currently owned by Lee Stakes, who told The Brazil Times a few details about the "large restoration project."

"It is still a work in progress, but I am planning to keep everything as original as possible," she said. "We will be sitting down with the historical preservation organization to devise a plan for the restoration, but there are preliminary plans to open a deli/bakery/coffee shop in the former bank space. There are also plans for turning the upstairs into residential space, and I am unsure at this time on what to do with the ballroom area."

Zac Chambers, who is the president of Brazil Main Street, Inc., also owns the Telephone Building, 12 W. National Ave., and is still devising a plan on what to do with the building.

In 2007, Chambers originally set out to revamp the building to become housing for a Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sorority, which later fell through.

"There are currently some financial issues holding up the progress on the Telephone Building, but I hope to have those cleared up by this summer," he said. "We are still assessing the potential opportunities for the first floor, but me an my wife would like to turn the second floor into a community art space."

Even though McCurdy's Decorating Center, 110 W. National Ave., closed Nov. 29, 2008, the building is currently under new ownership.

Robert Bryant, who purchased the building, told The Brazil Times he "does have plans," but declined to go into further detail about them at this time.

Another building that has sat vacant the past couple years is at 16 E. National Ave., which used to be Mr. Murphy's.

Currently, a Brazil couple is in the process of purchasing the building to house their up-and-coming business, Laser Art Studio.

"We have been cleared for the loan, so right now we are just waiting for the appraisal to be completed to move forward with the process," Mary Staub, who owns the laser etching business with her husband Raymond said.

With the buildings sitting in an area classified as an historical district, preserving the historical qualities could become an issue for the owners, but none have arisen so far.

"Other than having to leave the limestone on the bank building, there haven't really been any issues with restoring a building in the Historical District," Grable told The Brazil Times.

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The Davis building looks perfect to convert into a brew pub serving gourmet sandwiches and dinner that would include live bands on Friday and Saturday night. They should team up with Bee Creek Brewery and sell their products exclusively. Frankly a deli/bakery/coffee shop just sounds boring and not a solid business plan.

-- Posted by coltsbeer on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 8:02 PM

Lets just hope if they put in apartments in the upstairs of the old Davis Building that the whole building doesn't get destroyed by fire like the Arketex/Jewelry Store building that use to sit on Walnut and 40.

-- Posted by MS440 on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 8:38 PM

Mr. Murphys? I remember it as G C Murphys or something like that

-- Posted by c1iwant on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 12:13 AM

Wow. A real bakery with artisan breads hopefully. Can't get REAL bread unless you go to Terre Haute and still it is not like that of the larger cities with immigrant populations. Good baguettes, German rye and pumpernickel...Not to mention eclairs, napoleons, baklava, merangues .... Then think of all the real deli meats, Lebanon bologna, corned beef, ...Maybe a few salads like tabouli... Put a few ethnic foods in there and they will come without the booze and bands. Need to cater to those not already living here but having a hard time getting what they remember from when they lived elsewhere. THAT'S why people go to shop in Indy when they can't get the foods they want locally. Use a combination of what Asian Market, Sun Mart, and George's has and add a little Ethnic Europe to that mix and you should have a winner...Maybe even a little chorizo, Manchega, and assortment of olives for hispanic flavor as well. When I go to cities like Cleveland, NY and Chicago, I have a field day with the ethnic markets. Even the International Supermarket in Indy and the Cheese Market is a treat. Just a little mouth watering conversation this morning lol

I was just reading an article in Indianapolis Business Journal and there is a new Venezuelan restaurant in Indy....I"m going up to try it...Something different than all the Mexican ones...We need something different here that will bring people IN. We've got plenty of taverns. Another would only divide their profits even more.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 7:38 AM

Seriously? Gourmet salads and bread and cheese? This is Brazil! are these "gourmet" places going to accept food stamps considering that's what most of Brazil pays with? and Art? sounds like it would be nice for culture to come to town but how long do you think any of that is going to last in BRAZIL?? Hate to say it but the pub with live bands not only sounds more enjoyable since there is NOTHING exciting to do in Brazil but will probably last a whole lot longer. The people I know in Brazil will buy a cold beer over a tabouli salad any day. Just sayin

-- Posted by Dyna1 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 8:25 AM

Wow Jenny, for once I totally agree with what you said. The last time I posted something about Brazil needing some interesting places to eat instead of the same old thing done time after time, I was jumped on with both feet. You have to admit all the diners in this town serve the same old thing and people lap it up like it's good. We do need someone to stir things up a bit. Anyone ever watch Diners drive-ins and dives and see the amazing food people are producing and the places are packed out. If you want a successful diner you must cook from scratch and make your own bread! Anyone can fix instant potatoes and canned gravy over store bought white bread and call it a manhattan!

-- Posted by Jolly on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 8:39 AM

In the past a tavern could not go on the North side of National Ave. Clubs could, three did V.F.W. and the Eagles, and the Moose.

About people paying for food with food stamps, I see nothing wrong with that, But paying for a drink in a tavern or Pub and not having a job, using unemployment money. Before you say any thing about that think about it "if they pay for food with stamps, means no job, so if they pay for a beer they use unemployment money?

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 10:38 AM


-- Posted by MarciaMSPT on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 12:15 PM

I really hope the buildings get a new life, it would give Brazil a new life.

-- Posted by localgal on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 12:58 PM

I agree with JENNY & JOLLY that if a few of the nicer, more diverse places opened up in town, I for one wouldn't HAVE to go to Terre Haute for something different!

I, personally, would love to see a Donut Shop (that was actually open) in town .. serving donuts and piping hot coffee till noon on the weekends! I've been to ours at 8am on a Saturday and it's always closed.

I can't wait to see these monuments to our historic town, once they're done!!

p.s. I have lived in Brazil since 1978 and have never been on food stamps and believe we have PLENTY of "bars" and "live bands" in town. Let's go with something else for a change.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 1:31 PM

I'm excited about the possibilities. Kudos to those of you who have purchased the buildings. We wait with great anticipation to see where your entrepreneurship will take you and our little town.

-- Posted by Sonshine77 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 4:11 PM

A Donut Shop would be great and also some good home cooking instead of opening up cans of food to serve. People would go for that.

We have enough Bars !

-- Posted by bowling on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 4:20 PM

Yes it is Brazil, but do not lump all of the County in the same basket with the meth users and crooks. There are a lot of good decent people that have jobs and pay their bills on time and pay their own way in life and do not depend on the government to pay their way. We would really like to have some nice places to eat at instead of having to travel to Terre Haute or Indy. There are bad apples everywhere but they do not have to spoil the whole basket! Brazil gets a bad rep from some of you and I never understood how a City could be blamed for the way some of it citizens live?????

-- Posted by Jolly on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 4:21 PM

Why not an antique mall, or funeral home, or pharmacy, or auto parts store or a store front church? Oh wait, we already have enough of those...If you're going to put a coffee shop in, how about a drive through, oh wait we've got McDonald's. Martial Arts academy? Hair Salon? Daycare? What don't we have that we need here in Brazil?

-- Posted by mommy4 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 11:22 PM

wow.... here is a concept which becoming more and more foreign in Brazil (and across our state for that matter). These are all private property and individuals willing to risk their own personal treasure (their money) on a business venture. One would trust that they will want to do something that serves their future customers (i.e. make $$$...this isn't a bad thing). This is the free enterprise system and what our great nation was built on. Seems that government, especially in Brazil, is constantly on a POWER TRIP and lives to regulate and control...rather than serve and protect. I read the article and thought "good luck." I admire people willing to take a risk and do something different and would try/support whatever comes to fruition.

-- Posted by baginss on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 8:26 AM

I wish these new ventures all the luck in the world. Go for it and the right people will come!

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Wed, Feb 2, 2011, at 1:55 PM

Wow...I just saw this nearly a year after it was published... Considering the poor quality of Jared Grable's construction work, everyone should be very wary of allowing him to restore an historic building. He and his crew nearly destroyed our home.

-- Posted by hoosierfan11 on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 9:49 AM

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