The story of Lofts on the Square begins in the mid-1880's
The building that houses Lofts on the Square came to be in the mid-1880s. Early on, the building was owned by James Cuff who ran a grocery and dry goods store on the first floor. The building was renovated in approximately 1915 by R. C. Trusty into the business known as Trusty’s, an upscale men’s clothing store. The store retained the Trusty’s name for almost 100 years under the ownership of Joe B. Williams, Adelaide and Junious Townes, Ed Penn and Terry and Steve Lyon. The building was then sold to Deldon Stuebben in 2007. The first floor, operated by Michael Lott, functioned as a beauty salon named Showoffs until early 2017. Historically, the second floor housed law and architectural offices run by local families such as Dye and McRee.
Allan and Janice Michael fell in love with the place in 2016. They were compelled to buy, and, in the blink of an eye, the transformation began, turning the second floor into a bed and breakfast.
An Idea is Born
Allan and Janice Michael purchased the Trusty’s building in the summer of 2016. Allan had just retired from a management consultant job. After 40 years of traveling, he knew he was tired of the road, but he also knew he had another career in him. When he retired, Janice, who had moved on from her work as a local paper mill buyer 12 years previously, knew she was about to have too much husband around the house. She suggested that Allan get involved in the newly-established Downtown Innovation District Association and see if he could put his expertise to work. Before they knew what had happened, they owned a building! With Allan’s vision, both of their business backgrounds and a gentle nudge from a local contractor, the idea for Lofts on the Square was born. They engaged the contractor to get started and (not very) patiently waited for the idea to come to fruition. After months of purchasing everything from antiques to hair dryers, studying recipes and anxiously watching the progress of the building, they felt they were ready to reveal the results.