721 Houston

History of 721 Houston

An old metal building once stood on the corner of Houston and Ave G. The metal building was torn down and a new structure took its place. This building was the Brasch-Mitchell Hardware store. The hardware store was built complete with a basement and an upstairs. The owner of Brasch-Mitchell Hardware rented out a space in the back to a man by the name of Mr. Fain where he ran his sheet metal business. Later Mr. Fain purchased a property on Ave F and built a shop for himself. George Keeling purchased the Brasch-Mitchell building. He kept the Brasch-Mitchell name, but remodeled it to become a rental hall and sectioned off a portion to become 721 Houston where Mr. Keeling rents to small business owners. A few businesses that have been known here are SIC Finance, which later became Sun Loan. At some point in it's history, the large windows were covered with a wood paneling. In 2011, when a women’s accessories store called A & A This and That moved in the windows were uncovered and made great displays opportunities for the store. A & A This and That closed their business in 2012. The current tenants, Class A Barbershop and Salon moved their business here from Albuquerque, NM. They are a full service salon and barbershop and have given the interior of this building a complete makeover.

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Brash-Mitchell in the 1950s

Sun Loan (covered windows)

A&A This and That (windows revealed)

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