For Immediate Release, September 13, 2018
The owners of the Tin Lizzie Café and the Tin Cup Tea and Gift Shop today announced that tomorrow, Friday, September 14, they will begin renovation on their building at 818-820 East Main Street as part of the Stellar Façade program. Located in one of the Richmond’s oldest downtown buildings, the Tin Lizzie Café is owned and operated by Ron and Rachel Hughes and has been in operation since March 2011. Prior to that it housed The New York Deli owned by Tom Amyx for over twenty years.
“After waiting awhile for all the pieces to fall into place, we’re excited to see this project get started,” said owner Ron Hughes. “It’s a great opportunity for us and an important piece of the revitalization of the downtown area.” The Tin Lizzie building is the first of five buildings that will see a façade renovation as part of the Stellar program over the next eighteen months.
“It’s easy to get down and be negative right now with all the construction we’re seeing but this is definitely a bright spot in the future of downtown and a project the city can be proud of, “ Hughes added.
The renovation on the building at 818-820 includes a complete removal of the three-story façade of the 1865 structure. When completed, the new façade will replicate the original building as closely as possible, reusing any materials that remain viable after demolition.
“When you think about all this building has been through over the past 153 years, the explosion, the construction, the traffic that rumbles by every day shaking its walls… it’s pretty amazing that it has withstood all that. It’s time to restore it to its former glory,” Hughes said. “We’re proud to be the ones to do that and could not have done it without the grant offered by the Stellar project. We are grateful for this opportunity and thank the City of Richmond for their efforts to bring this opportunity to the downtown area.”
The businesses will remain open to customers during the construction which is expected to last through mid-January.
As always, we encourage you to shop local and support businesses owners who are bringing good experiences and products to our area. – GoWayneCounty.com staff.
Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.
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