Thea and Kurt Brown, Kona residents for over 30 years, saw the For Sale sign on the old store just a couple of miles down the road from their house and decided to jump in with both feet to purchase and restore the upcountry landmark and open it back up as a local convenience store and a visitor attraction.
Although the basic building, with over 4,000 square feet of space was in remarkably good structural shape, there was still a massive amount of cleaning and painting that needed to be done. Amazingly, only one piece of front fascia needed to be replaced - along with a new roof.
Under the front lanai, the old canec ceiling was removed and prepped for new canec. They were able to carefully disassemble old shelving that was made from the original flooring material, and use it for repairing some sections of the termite damaged floors. The entire buiding was rewired, and new electrical service was hooked up by Helco.