The Historic Flour Mill, located just a few blocks East of the town square and enclosed within the proposed Downtown Redevelopment Framework is one of the jewels of the downtown which has yet to be discovered by many. I have operated my portrait studio, Images That Speak by David Quisenberry, there for 5+ years, making me the elder statesman of occupants.
Many of the companies which have called this 100 year old building home in the last 5 years were in a transitional phase, mostly churches and start up software companies. When I first moved into the Flour Mill, a very small company named New Toy was creating a soon to be hugely popular app called Words with Friends (and later Hanging with Friends, Scrabble with Friends, etc) in the suite next door. About a year later they were bought out by gaming giant, Zynga, and moved to a larger building to house their rapidly multiplying staff.
Five years ago, the Flour Mill, was at the beginning stage of restoration. Brad Kidwell, the owner, has a master plan to make the building (in my opinon) the Eastside Jewel of the Historic Downtown area. The plan includes mixed housing and retail as well as event space. Since I have been located there, new paved parking and lighting have been added on the outside. In 2011 the Flour Mill opened the White Billows event hall which holds 170 guests. I photographed the first wedding reception in the event hall with weddings held there nearly every week since. A second, larger and beautifully appointed event hall, Market Place which holds 230 guests, has recently opened. It includes both outdoor patio and garden areas.
Plans to restore all 4 flours of the main building are schedule for the next 18-24 months (according to my memory of the master plan). While I love the nostalgia of the building including machinery used in the early 1900s, I cannot wait to see the finished jewel and plan to be the elder statesmen of occupants for a long time to come!
Visit the Flour Mill’s website to see a list of companies who call it home as well as information on booking the event halls.
A few images from the Historic Flour Mill are shown below.