Team Beekman has been hard at work getting the new Mercantile location ready for our Grand Opening during Garden Party Weekend (June 1st & 2nd.) Here are some “before and after” shots to share what we’ve accomplished this month. Most of the exterior work will commence soon, now that the weather is warming.
Before: Here’s the outside of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile-to-be on the day we purchased it.
After: Not many changes yet. Painting and restoring the two lower bays will be the last steps. We’re trying to return the look to when it served as the Village Fire Hall. (See next picture.)
See the doors on the left two firetruck bays? We’ll be returning them to look similarly. The Mercantile’s new entrance will be through the single door on the right.
Before: The entrance door from inside…
After: Here Cody’s working on a duplicate Italianate/Gothic Revival arch to help hide some immovable pipes.
Before: This is the wall between fire truck bay #1 and the entry hall…
After: And here is the new doorway that will lead from the entry hall into the store.
Before: THere was a solid wall that divided the two fire truck bays as well…
Before: Here is fire truck bay #2…
After: We’re also putting a doorway between the bays to make one bigger shop.
After: All of the walls will be lined with shelving reminiscent of when William Beekman had his Beekman Mercantile. (Coincidentally, our new Mercantile began its life as a General Store in the 1840’s) They’re being constructed in place by our friend Carl Stoner.
After: More shelving. Looks great, right?
The backing is all beadboard.
We love the look of tin ceilings. This will be in the hallway.
It also makes great decorative wall covering as well.
Before: The back room used to be the village library.
After: Now it will be our inventory packing and shipping center.
Before: It has great natural light.
After: Which will make finding inventory items even easier.
After: Brent likes neat rows of shelves.
After: The access to the basement had been sealed off for years. We opened the staircase back up.
Before: The basement, with its thick stone walls and dirt floor once served as the village jail.
After: We’ve poured concrete so that now we will be able to use it for storage.
After: After the recent Irene flooding, the Army Corps of Engineers came to rescue the village. Sharon Springs is situated over a very complex system of underground rivers, streams, and caverns. They’ve now been safely re-inforced to help keep us dry. This is behind our store…perhaps next year we’ll be able to landscape it nicely.
After: One final surprise…a hidden door. You’ll have to search for it when you come visit our grand opening during the Garden Party Festival, June 1st & 2nd.