THE ORIGINAL ARGUS FARM STOP AT 325 W. LIBERTY
Originally built in the 1930's, the building at 325 West Liberty served as a gas station for many years.
In 1999, new owners purchased it with the intent of converting it into a medical marijuana dispensary, but they never did. Instead, the building sat vacant and deteriorating.
By 2013, we were planning to build The Mark condos directly across the street, and the old gas station was an eyesore. And so we bought it, knowing only that we would clean it up but otherwise having no specific plans for what it would become.
We had several inquiries from people who were interested in locating a business there, but when Bill Brinkerhoff and Kathy Sample approached us with the idea of opening a year-round farm market, we knew that it would be a perfect addition to the Old West Side.
Bill and Kathy signed a lease in April 2014 and we went to work refurbishing the building inside and out.
The Argus Farm Stop on Liberty, pictured above when it opened in August 2014, instantly became wildly popular with local residents - so popular, in fact, that the demand for locally grown food - available year round - inspired Bill and Kathy to expand.
THE ARGUS FARM STOP AT 1200 PACKARD
In 2016, we bought the building at 1200 Packard, which was originally Clague's Grocery until it closed in 1968.
Various businesses subsequently occupied the space, but it had sat vacant and deteriorating since 2010.
Once again, we set about restoring the building, inside and out. Much to the delight of the neighbors, The Argus Farm Stop on Packard opened in August 2017.
And once again, the Farm Stop became so popular that Bill and Kathy expanded again.
THE ARGUS FARM STOP AT 1226 PACKARD
Just recently, we completed renovation of the latest Farm Stop location at 1226, just 70 steps up the block.
This new location offers all the same great locally grown food as well as their delicious coffees and teas.
The location at 1200 Packard is now a cafe with delicious coffees, a tavern for craft beers, a great place to grab scrumptious, locally-grown meals, and an event space.
All three Farm Stop locations offer locally grown food seven days a week.
Congratulations to owners Bill and Kathy Brinkerhoff on the success of their business!