Over here at the Cameron office, the Hermits’ Rest Enterprises team is expanding as our dreams expand.
The Hermit Haus Team
You may have noticed that we have the husband and wife team of David and Kim doing our renovation work now. Various members of Mandi’s family have been helping, too. Thanks to Randy, the basement is now clean enough to move our offices into temporarily, while we wait for the remodeling plans to get done. I’m now thinking of drawing pictures on the walls or something fun.
The demolition crew has moved upstairs now, and they are working on removing the baptismal. We will soon have a nice, new rectangular room to use for future restrooms and such. It will be much easier to envision uses for the space with the big tub out of the way.
Speaking of big things out of the way, the huge dumpster is gone, replaced by a much smaller one that will be great for our business as it grows.
The Gillis House Team
While our current plan is to remodel the Gillis house as a residence, in the long run, we may find the need to use it in other ways, like to host people who are in town for our events. We also were looking for new ideas for the event venue at the Hermit Haus. Bearing that in mind, we brought in a consultant with lots of knowledge of both events and hospitality, local real estate guy Jonathan Deal. Jonathan has a genuine degree in hospitality management and experience running hotels. Plus, as the Director of Theater Productions at Milam Community Theater and a long-time performer, he is full of much-needed creative ideas for events that would draw people to our little town.
We had a great meeting with Jonathan at the Dutchtowne Deli (also getting ready for renovations) and showed him the house, which of course, got him excited. That’s because the house excites everyone who sees it! So, though he’s a busy person, he agreed to provide us with advice and input as we move forward with this project.
Getting Ready to Go
Today we’ll be spending time getting our stuff ready to move over to the Hermit Haus. We’ve loved our time in our current office, but we know the new tenants, Martha and Mike, will love living here and fixing the place up to be a home again. Our movers come next week, and then their movers will arrive. Look forward to some fun posts about all that moving.
It’s getting real. We even filled out change of address forms! We’re heading to the basement. Whee. Just don’t call it a dungeon.