Standing Stone Brewing Company

Hanson Howard Gallery

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Oak Street Shops are Back in Business After Remodel

Standing Stone’s building remodel is nearing completion, with our retail and art gallery tenants open for business on Oak St. in Ashland, OR. Standing Stone co-owner Alex Amarotico and his crew have worked long, hard hours to conclude the construction, and the finished product is well worth a visit.

The final steps for the front retail spaces were completed in early August, including finishing the original wood flooring, installing energy efficient lighting, and mounting new windows and doors. The fronts of the retail spaces have been restored to their original early 1900’s look, with brick facing, wood trim, taller windows and double doors.

Emz Blendz Soap Shop and Hanson Howard Gallery have moved into their new spaces and opened their doors to their anxious and loyal customers. Our friends at Emz Blendz, which occupied the same space before the remodel, are happy to be back home with more space and new improvements. Hanson Howard Gallery is new to the block, relocating from their original location on Main St. They’re excited bring new visitors to Oak St, and offer something new for those visiting Standing Stone or the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Construction will continue in the back portion of the building, and Standing Stone will expand the kitchen to create more room for fresh, in-house food preparations, like baking daily breads and butchering whole cows from our neighbors at Valley View Beef. Construction plans also include the addition of office spaces for the behind-the-scenes personnel, like our favorite accountant, Don Stoudt.

Walk by the new spaces on Oak St. if you find yourself downtown. The people at Emz Blendz and Hanson Howard will be happy to show you around. If all that exploring makes you thirsty or hungry, too, you know where to stop for a pint and a bite to eat. You can also take a virtual tour on our website photo gallery. Enjoy!

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Standing Stone’s Building Remodel Moving to a Head

In the spirit of spring in Ashland, new things are brewing at Standing Stone Brewing Co. Our remodeling work on our building at 95 Oak Street, which began last fall, is still underway with some big progress happening in the last few weeks.

Standing Stone co-owner, Alex Amarotico, and his hard working team are taking out the old and rebuilding the new. We’re creating  new storefronts and office spaces where the Book Exchange was (they’re just across the way on Pioneer Street). Since the space is an historic building, we’re ensuring that we maintain the building’s historic integrity while giving it a much-needed upgrade.

Recently, the biggest project has been rebuilding the roof with new beams. Those who were out on Oak St early last week may have seen the crane lifting heavy metal supports and setting them on top of cement towers along the building’s brick walls. The next step will be filling it in with a solid cement roof.

As soon as the roof is finished, the rest of construction is expected to move along quickly. Later this spring, Emz Blendz will return to their storefront, Hanson Howard Gallery will move into the new front space, while Standing Stone’s behind-the-scenes staff will happily move to new offices in the back.

Our microbrewery’s photographer, George Rubaloff, is capturing the progress on film and we’ve included a series of pictures for you to enjoy. There’s lots more posted on our website photo gallery, so check back often for updated albums as construction progress continues.

Expanding and Welcoming New Neighbors

If you’ve been downtown recently, you may have walked past the vacant storefront that was once home to The Book Exchange and wondered: What’s going on in there? This familiar business on Oak Street has moved to a larger location a block away, next to Tabu on Pioneer Street. With this space now empty, we’re jumping on the opportunity to expand our restaurant-brewery and remodel the store front for a longstanding favorite gallery that’s relocating to our block, Hanson Howard.

Since mid November, Standing Stone Brewing Co. employees have taken turns hammering and tearing down walls and ceilings to get the space to its core. As one of the older buildings in Ashland and one that’s on the National Register of Historic Places (read more and see vintage photos on our website), this building boasts brick walls and classic high ceilings. We hope to showcase these period features while bringing the interior and exterior up to date.

The plan for the building has multiple layers. Standing Stone intends to expand the kitchen along the back of the building, including a larger storage and prep area for our variety of house made foods. We’ll also construct an office area for our fine behind-the-scenes employees. We can’t keep tempting them with fresh beer and food all day long; they have work to do after all!

The front of the building will be the new home of Hanson Howard Gallery. They’ve been a fixture of Main Street in Ashland for 24 years and will be relocating in the spring. They’re excited about the opportunity to be closer to the Shakespeare Festival and we’re thrilled that they’re bringing fine art to our street.

Of course, were doing all that we can to ensure the remodel doesn’t harm the planet. We were excited to give bags and bags of old insulation to a small-scale local farmer who plans to use it to insulate cabins on the farm. This will keep good materials out of the landfill and improve efficiency for the housing units.

If you’re in the area, peek in the windows to see what’s changing daily. Then, stop in the restaurant, grab a beer and browse our photos of historic Ashland in the hallway. See if you can pick out the building next door in its earlier days (hint: don’t use Standing Stone as a landmark because the building was not built until 1925). You can also get an update from a Mail Tribune article.