Main Street is nearly complete — Main Street at the Households of Bethany, that is.
Main Street is largest part of the $17 million construction project that’s been going on at Bethany for the past couple years. And that section will be complete and open for “business” on Dec. 1.
“The completion of Main Street is a big deal for us. It’s a big milestone for our construction,” said Tarra Carlson, director of sales and marketing for Bethany Life.
Several parts of the Main Street addition have been in operation for a while already. For example, Tom and Stevie’s Bistro has been open and serving for the past few months.
“Tom and Stevie’s Bistro is named after two of our generous donors: Tom and Stevie Walsh,” said Carlson.
The bistro offers sandwiches, pizza, salads, coffee, ice cream, soda, beer and wine. “The menu for the bistro is created by Chef Chris, who is a New York-trained chef, and is well-known in the community,” Carlson said.
“Some of the most popular things on the menu are the turkey ciabatta sandwich and the Reuben,” said Andrea Williams-Cooper, who has been working at Tom and Stevie’s for the past couple months.
The bistro is open to the public and is a nice place for families to come when they come to see a resident, Carlson said.
“It’s nice to see the residents when they eat with their families,” Williams-Cooper said. “It really makes them smile.”
Residents also often stop by for an ice cream treat — or even a root beer float, she said.
“Main Street also has a gift shop, which features Roland-Story gear, small seasonal items and fun gifts,” Carlson said. “It is also open to the public.”
A multi-purpose room called “The Family Room” is a space staff and residents use for concerts, meetings and gatherings. It is also open to the public. “Anybody can call and reserve the space,” Carlson said. The Family Room can be rented by the community for $25 per hour.
Main Street also offers The Salon and Day Spa, where residents can go for hair and nail care. The salon-spa will also be offering massages in the near future.
The last thing to be completed in Bethany’s Main Street is the library, which used to be the lobby.
“The space has been remodeled and will be full of awesome books,” Carlson said. “Our residents can come read a book by the fireplace while they drink a cup of coffee from the bistro. It’s a wonderful place.”
Bethany’s chapel hasn’t changed and will also be a part of Main Street. There is also an outdoor space next to the bistro. The patio has been popular with families during warm weather, Carlson said. It has a grill and a small pond.
Carlson said the Main Street area is scheduled to be complete on Dec. 1 and the public is encouraged to come visit the residents at Bethany, have a bit to eat and do a little shopping.