Sterling joins in renovating downtown Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Many residents of Mexia have observed with appreciation the renovation of old, run-down buildings in downtown Mexia by local contractor and building supply store owner Scott Condon; and now a second contractor, Rory Sterling, has begun similar work in the city’s downtown.
Sterling is about to buy his third old, downtown building and is in the process of restoring the first two to their original charm and grandeur, turning them from rundown eyesores to attractive, functional structures that add to the charm and vitality of downtown Mexia.
The first building Sterling is working on stands adjacent to Jackson’s True Value, at the intersection of Commerce and Paris streets, and was built in 1915. He has been told that it used to house a restaurant that catered to oilfield workers during Mexia’s oil boom. The renovations should be finished by the end of July, he said. The first floor is comprised of six small shops, and all are leased and just waiting for the construction to be complete. They include a barber shop; two hair salons, one of which will also offer tattoos; a Botox clinic/spa; and a therapist, who is taking up two of the shops.

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