Wednesday, October 25, 2006

History Behind The EAT Gallery

From the EAT Gallery web site (recently redesigned):

We are often asked why we would call a gallery that sells jewelry, carvings, mineral specimens and other wonders of nature "EAT"? To explain why, one has to understand something of the history of the building that houses the gallery at 46 West Second Street. For most inhabitants of Mason County, Maysville being the county seat, the building is known as the "EATS" building, because from sometime in the first part of the twentieth century the Morgan family opened a diner there. Even though the establishment was called "Morgan's Restaurant" the large neon sign hanging over the front door was all people remembered. "I'll meet you at EATS", became a sometimes daily saying in Maysville. EATS was known for it's chili, burgers and the unique personality of its owner.

Before the diner, the building started life as a furniture emporium during the period of history when Maysville was the center of commerce in the area. For many years after being founded by among others, Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone, Maysville was the biggest town west of the Appalachians on the Ohio River. The building dates back to the early part of the nineteenth century and on the exposed western side of the building one can still see the word "Furniture" painted there well over a hundred years ago.
When the current owners decided to open a gallery they wanted to keep the history of the building intact and keep the neon sign alive.

Hence the use of the name EAT, which of course stands for Exquisite Art Treasures.

posted at 4:39 PM by Jeremy Parnell

2 Comments:

Jeremy said...

Sadly, rumor has it that there might be some upcoming legal dispute over the sign. Someone seems to be contesting whether or not it was included in the sale of the building.

Personally (and by "personally" I mean my opinion doesn't matter) I like that the sign is displayed in its original location. I was dismayed when Traxel's Jewelry moved up the hill and took their famous clock that was on Second Street with them. That clock was as much of an icon downtown as the EAT sign. Of course it is their's to do with as they wish, but it just doesn't feel the same.

12:49 PM
said...

Ate there many times years ago. Really glad someone found a way to use the sign

9:45 AM