The Square

We always intended to open a business in Clarksville…we had hoped, however, to wait a bit and get a lot further along on our major house project. Five years was the goal…putting that somewhere around late 2013.

Things changed…as they will…and moved substantially faster than we expected when the old Blackmon Pharmacy building came up for sale. During the summer of 2009 Blackmon Pharmacy built a really nice new building and moved just south of the square to:

Blackmon Pharmacy
201 South Walnut Street
Clarksville, Texas

The old building, with its distinctive cupola or tower, was put up for sale and we just couldn’t resist. Our house has a tower, the building has a tower, we wanted a business anyway, how could we resist this gorgous building?

The price was right, the details were hammered out, and presto, in December 2009 we were the proud new terrified owners of this building.

Our new building

We plan on putting in a combination coffee house, ice-cream store, and bookstore. This will also serve as the global headquarters for Stormrider Press. Opening the coffee house is sometime away, as there are budgetary limitations and we need to get more done to our house first. There is also work to be done on the building itself before we open.

We have already done substantial repair to the Cupola…much of our work documented here. We replaced the decayed cedar shakes with new. It should last another hundred years or so.

Working on the tower.

Yeah, that’s me in the bucket. We do most of our own work.

You can see the new siding in this picture:
New siding on the cupola

We expect to finish the trim and paint it this fall.

In the mean time if you have a kick-ass idea for a business and you are interesting in leasing space in this building for a couple years you can contact me at


The Square — 1 Comment

  1. I remember seeing you working on the tower, then noticed the sign with your website and kept meaning to visit your URL and see what was up. Glad to have found you. We’re new in Red River County, too – well – 3 years, but still FEEL new : )

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