By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Renovation of a building at “The Junction” in Eupora was a three-year project for Rickey Collins.
The building is on the west side of Veterans Memorial Boulevard/Highway 9 south of Roane Avenue/Highway 182. It houses The Sandwich Shop and Timbers to Treasures on one side (1708 VMB), while Encore Rehab leases the east side. Collins and his wife, Sheryl, own the property as The Potter and the Clay LLC.
Collins gave a slide presentation showing before-and-after photos of the project to the Eupora Rotary Club on Aug. 13.
The Collinses bought the property from Don and Ed Snyder. Collins, over a three-year period, renovated the old dry kiln building that was originally owned by Phillips Lumber Co. It was built in the 1940s and rebuilt after a fire in the 1950s.
Collins said 25-30 truckloads of debris were removed from the property during the renovation period. The 5,000 square-foot building had a concrete roof that he replaced with a metal roof, and it has 17-inch-thick brick walls.
Most of the lumber used was salvaged from trees on the late Stanley Sisk’s property that were downed in the April 2011 tornado. Flooring came from the old gym on the East Webster High School campus at Wood College when it was torn out for installation of a new floor.
Sheryl Collins designed the renovated building and Green Thumb Nursery landscaped it. Sheryl creates pottery in the work area.