Gallery 125 set to open downtown

Monday, November 29, 2004


When Mike Rust was first setting up his new downtown Ashley Bailey Custom Cabinets store a few months ago, he faced two problems.

First, while he was setting up 127 Main St. with the home decorating offerings of Ashley Bailey, he had this vast empty space in the building next door at 125 Main St. Second, he had a ton of artwork for sale that he had no place to hang. Those two problems have a single solution in Gallery 125.

The gallery at 125 Main St. opened quietly this past weekend. It features paintings and sculpture, oils and prints of other works and some home furnishing accessories to complement its sister Ashley Bailey.

Rust said that the gallery won't have its grand opening until February, at which time he will begin holding openings for local artists, night openings that coincide with the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri receptions on the first Friday of each month, and a number of events that Gallery 125 will put on by itself. In the meantime, the gallery is connected to Ashley Bailey and will be open to the perusal of customers looking to add a special touch to their homes.

Drury Lodge undergoing redesign: Motorists driving through Cape Girardeau on Interstate 55 may wonder what tornado tore through the Drury Lodge, near the junction of the interstate and William Street. But rest assured the gaping holes and obstructive scaffolding are there for a purely constructive purpose.

David Reed, director of renovations for Drury Inns, said that the lodge lobby is currently undergoing a redesign. The lobby will now be revamped with a stone fireplace, stone pillars and wooden support beams to give it more of a country lodge feel. The outside canopy will also be demolished to make way for one with stone pillars that enhance the look of the lobby. The building is also getting a new roof, and the adjacent Cedar Street restaurant will get some new coats of paint to align it with the new motif.

Reed said he expects the renovations to be completed by the end of January.

Jackson Manor switches approach: For years the Jackson Manor skilled nursing facility at 710 Broadridge has been doing things the old-fashioned way.

Like most facilities, it has followed the medical model in its approach to treating residents. That includes telling them when and what to eat, when to sleep, when to shower and what activities to participate in. But administrator Dave Walker recently decided to take a new look at the way his business treated its customers. The result is a much more social touch.

The first sign of this local revolution in care is Jackson Manor's new open dining. Now residents can sleep in and eat breakfast anytime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Similarly, lunch and dinner are served over the course of a few hours. Even if they can't make that window, Walker said, they will be accommodated.

"We want to accommodate their schedules, not ours," Walker said.

In addition, residents can select what they want at each meal the next day from a menu of choices.

Walker said that this novel approach to nursing-home dining is just a taste of more things to come. He said soon residents will be able to form neighborhoods, groups of cooperating residents through which they can lay out their own agenda: when to shower, bedtime and what kinds of food should appear on the menus. They will also be able to coordinate their own social activities.

Holiday happenings at the mall: One of the Westfield Shoppingtown West Park's best-known perennial occupants is now in full bloom. Holiday Happenings is back, this time near the main entrance across from Panera Bread.

Owner Rick Warner said his store of holiday decorations and his floral service will be serving Cape Girardeau out of the mall until mid-February. The permanent Holiday Happenings at 5 S. Henderson Ave. is also open again, rebuilt after a fire damaged the building last July. That store sells holiday decorations year-round.

Tony Rehagen is the business editor for the Southeast Missourian. Send your comments, business news, information or questions to Tony Rehagen, 301 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0699, e-mail or call 335-6611, extension 137.

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