History of Historic Properties on Main Street

106 E. Main Street – Currently Offices Modern woodmen of America, RC youth association building dates from 1895. Originally the William Riley Beene – Then owned by the two sons Gilmer and Tom Beene. The site remained a grocery store until 1996 under different ownership throughout the years.

138 E. Main Street- Currently Arboledas- The building dates from 1895. In 1912 the building was occupied by Texas Power and Light, in the 1980’s It was an insurance office, in early 1990’s It was a Jackson Hewitt tax office owned by city council member and future mayor Paul Fisk, After Mr. Fisk sold the building it became a flower and gift shop for a short time during early 2000, followed by two restaurants occupying.

146 E. Main Street – Currently Alumni – The building dates to 1890. It was the Royse City Saloon, From 1900- 1920 it was a Farm And Goods goods store, 1930-1950 It was the Ellis and Murphy dry goods stores, selling hats,shoes, clothing, etc. In, 1960 it was a grocery store, 1982 Hathaway Appliance store, for a short time it was occupied as a gift shop/residential property. From 1990 to present day, it has been occupied by restaurants.

141 E. Main Street – Currently Alejandro’s – The Building dates back to the late 1890’s. It was first occupied as a Drug Store Jim Blakeway’s pharmacy. With the first telephone exchange in the back. It had a soda fountain, marble topped tables, ice cream parlor chairs and was the gathering place for all. From 1920 21970 it was Palmer’s drug store, 1980 1996 it housed multiple businesses, Fike’s insurance, a real estate business, Jerrell Baley’s Corner Record Store, an Avon Museum, Gayle Ensley Insurance and the Royse City Chamber of Commerce. In the last few years, this building housed a brewery, and currently it's a restaurant.

205 E. Main Street - Last known as the pharmacy, this building dates back to the late 1800’s- The first occupant was a general store, in 1930 it was a grocery store, from 1945 to 1956 it was Cornelius grocery and Mike Houser’s meat market. In the 1950’s the second story housed a dentist office, doctor’s office and two apartments. In 1980 the Royse City Pharmacy opened and remained in business until 2021. The building is currently being renovated.

134 E. Main Street - Currently Sweetface - Built in the late 1800's it served originally as a General Store, In the 1950's it was Ridley's Variety Store.  In the 1980's it became the Independent Order of Odd Fellow Lodge. In the early 1990's it became a Children’s Dance Studio, followed by a Thrift Store.  Today it houses a Bakery and Sugar Shop.

122 E. Main Street - Currently Beauty and the Beard - Built in the late 1800's it served originally as the First National Bank and the name still is on the front of the façade.  For many years the building sat vacant and was revitalized by Citizens and in 1992 it opened as a Craft/Antiques Mall and Tea Room.  for several years it also housed the Royse City Chamber of Commerce.  Following that is has been several different Boutiques.  Today it houses Beauty and the Beard Boutique and Craft Room.

126 E. Main Street - Currently 1885 Barbershop - Built in the late 1800's it opened as a Barbershop, in the 1980's it was Leslie's Beauty Shop.  Today amazingly enough it houses a Barber Shop.

114. E. Main Street - Currently Thymeless - Built in the early 1900's this building served as a Retail shop for many years, in the 1950's - 1980's it was a floral shop with several different owners. In the 1980's it was Video Hits, a shop renting movies and games.  In the early 1990's it was a Carpet and Flooring Store.  In 2003 it became a Beauty Shop - Kokopelli's. Following that it has been and currently is a Retail Boutique Shop.

137 E. Main Street - Currently Rustic Royalty - Built in the early 1900's it has served as a cafe.  In the 1980's it served as offices.  It was vacant for several years.  In the mid 1990's it was a Chiropractic Office, followed by a retail shop.  It was then vacant due to repair issues until it was just remodeled in 2022 to become a Beauty Shop

 

 Information researched by William Baley as part of an Eagle Scout Project.