INDEPENDENCE -- Wine, craft beer and spirits will be the focus of a new business slated to open in the downtown area sometime in July.
The Hop & Vine Barrel House will be located at 250 S. Main St., the former home of South Main Street Antiques and Fine Art.
The property belongs to Alex Trevino, owner of Rookies Sports Pub & Eatery in Monmouth. The business will be owned and operated by John T. Whitmire of Independence, who managed the Arena Sports Bar for almost three years.
Trevino purchased the 122-year-old, two-story building last month to utilize the upstairs as office space for his event marketing company, which coordinates the River's Edge Summer Series.
"Right now, we're just turning in our permits," Trevino said. "The building is in immaculate condition."
The groundfloor will sport a new bar and be redesigned to resemble an old beer warehouse.
"When I was thinking up the name, I wanted to incorporate some of the history of Independence," Whitmire said. "Hopefully, this will get some people to ask some questions about the city and learn a little bit."
The Barrel House will have a dozen tap handles pouring an assortment of beers from micro- and nanobreweries from across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California, Whitmire said.
"I'll be trying to get original kinds of beer that nobody else has and turn people onto beermakers in the Pacific Northwest," he said.
That's just one component of the operation. Whitmire said he'll do wine tastings twice a week and wants to also offer whiskey, scotch and other spirits made by boutique distilleries.
There will also be a light menu, featuring chicken, salmon, baked goods, salads and scratch-made hummus.
"I think this will make for a nice complement to the businesses we already have on Main Street and bring some people downtown," Whitmire said.