The basement was one of the things that sold us on buying this building. It's still in its almost original state, with rough stone walls and hand-hewn rafters. (Originally, in 1893, it was a swimming pool, now long covered by concrete.) Another interesting tidbit is that it was originally the first floor, fronting "Mud Street," which was everything its name implies. At some point early on, the city filled in the muddy street, making all the first floors along this stretch of Main Street into basements. (A tour of a small portion of "underground Eureka" has just started. If you want to know more, check out this site.)
Rob took over half of the basement for his workshop, leaving me the rest to open as retail. So let's take a tour!
Follow me around the corner to the stairs...
Yes, they're a little steep, but come on down.
A little art as you reach the bottom step...
And we're finally downstairs. Behind the art is what was a window when this was the first floor. It's now filled with stones and rubble, which we handily disguised with plants and chicken wire.
Overhead, you can see the original hand-hewn rafters, complete with ax marks.
A little closer view of some of our merchandise.
Beautifully woven new throws.
And all our seasonal merchandise -- Christmas, fall, 4th of July, Easter, etc. -- available year round.
Thanks for touring with us. Come on by and see it in person!