Rayburn told me in a text he should be ready to open the doors to those businesses there by early October.
According to a 2011 article in Route 66 News, the Brooks Building is nearly a century old and is owned by the Arcadia Historical Society. The building once housed a grocery store, feed store and welding shop before it underwent emergency repairs on the roof a few years ago.
At one point, the society planned to convert the building into a visitors center, but that apparently didn’t pan out.
GlassBoy Studios makes smaller-scale replica neon signs for classic Route 66 business. Tourist Trap Tees designs T-shirts inspired by Route 66 legends.
The move makes sense for Rayburn, as collaborators Jim Ross and Shellee Graham live just east of Arcadia.
(Image of the Brooks Building courtesy of Joel Rayburn)