SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB) – A new business unlike any other is making its way to downtown Sweetwater. It’s a bookstore, coffeehouse and brewhouse called Argos Brewhouse & Bookseller.
It’s was dreamed up by three Sweetwater men in hopes that locals will have a casual place to hang out.
Just like the books on the shelves, everything in this new business has a history.
It’s a real page turner for Sweetwater, the name alone is a story.
“We pulled it from ‘The Odyssey,'” co-owner Jeff Allen says. “It’s the name of Ulysses’ dog in the book. It was kind of coming from the idea of loyalty of sitting and waiting for him all those years to come back and that’s kind of what we want to be for the community is to be there for it and be loyal to it.”
Argos is the brainchild of Jeff Allen, Jared Houze, and Rod Wetsel.
It’s Sweetwater through and through. Located in the heart of downtown, the building was built in 1903 and has been home to several businesses.
These men have stayed true to Sweetwater, keeping the original hardwood floors, showcasing the towns history on the walls, and even integrating as much history into the building as possible.
“All of our granite countertops are from the county courthouse,” Allen says.
Although the history is intact, one thing that’s new for Sweetwater is the bookstore.
“This is a new innovation in Sweetwater. I don’t think we’ve had a bookstore here in half a century,” Wetsel says.
These guys are all about local. They use Abilene brewed Pappy Slokum at the bar and even the coffee will be local. They say they’re hopeful to be part of the beginning of a thriving downtown Sweetwater.
“I’m a lifelong resident here, my ancestors came here in the beginning, these fellows have made their homes here and we all have an interest in seeing Sweetwater thrive,” Wetsel says.
If you’d like to check out Argos Brewhouse & Booksellers, they will have a preview night Friday, August 25 at 6 pm. They’re located at 209 Oak Street in Sweetwater. They’re planning to open Sept. 5.
You can also click here to visit their website.