Constructed in the 1890’s as rental property by Hurricane physician, Ira Clay Hicks, 2803 Main Street was once described as “the handsomest building in Hurricane.” Next door, a two-story building at 2801 Main Street housed Counts’ General Store on the first floor and the I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall on the second floor. The new home of Hidden Creek Mercantile was originally these two separate buildings.
In the early 1920’s, the I.O.O.F. and the Knights of Pythias purchased both properties, added a second story to 2803 Main Street and connected the two buildings. While they continued to use the second floor as a Lodge hall, over the years the first floor housed a wide variety of businesses including a general store, jewelry store, furniture store and hardware store.
In 1995, Main Street Art Studio, a community arts cooperative, was established to give a home to the work of area artisans and craftsmen in Hurricane. Many artists had their work displayed in the gallery over the years until the building was sold in the summer of 2016 to Steve Neu and Karen Workman, local residents and business owners.
Steve and Karen wanted to honor and incorporate the history of this grand building into their vision for the space – both in the physical design as well as the type of business they would operate. Although major renovation was necessary, they have worked diligently to maintain the integrity of the building and repurpose as much of the original materials as possible into the project. An example is the use of original wall and floor boards (removed to elevate the rear right corner of the building) in constructing the juice and smoothie bar area on the first floor. The second floor has original woodwork around the windows and the original rustic wood flooring. Although the entire brick façade and windows on the front of the building had to be replaced, the original stone lintels over the windows were preserved and reinstalled as well as the I.O.O.F and Knights of Pythias stone marker. From a business perspective, Hidden Creek Mercantile is carrying on the tradition of bringing artisan items to the community along with a general store feel in its eatery and other products. The Copper Room upstairs, formerly the Lodge hall, will continue to host gatherings and meetings for years to come.
Information is according to The History of Hurricane published in 1988 by the Hurricane Centennial Committee and in 1994 by the Hurricane Anniversary Committee.
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