It’s a question the Brick House family hopes to answer in the next few months, with the help of a project they are calling Brick-A-Ticket.
The family says their new venture will give visitors a chance to see the history and architecture of the buildings they visit, from their early days to their present.
“We want to bring visitors back into the history that has been there for many generations,” said Brick House founder and CEO, Doug Goss.
“We’re trying to bring it to life in this modern way.”
For the past 15 years, Goss and his wife, Jill, have been looking for ways to connect with their patrons.
When they first opened Brick- A-Tickets in 2017, they focused on the history behind the original brick tavern.
“The idea behind it was to take that building and try to make it something that people would actually want to come to and actually enjoy the history,” said Goss, who owns and operates the Brick- House tavern.
Goss says that in addition to the building itself, the new venture focuses on the surrounding neighborhood, which is a “huge part of the history.”
“It’s really important for us to be able to take visitors to these neighborhoods and actually really get to know what makes these neighborhoods special,” he said.
In addition to historical items, visitors will be able pick from a variety of vintage items, including artifacts from a nearby hotel.
Gainsville resident Jessica Bunch says it’s great to see a brick tavern that people actually want a chance at experiencing.
“I think that’s really exciting,” Bunch said.
“I think it’s really cool.
We want to see it.
I want to make sure that it’s something that’s authentic.”
The brick tavern project has been a slow process.
“A lot of things have been put in the plan that we have to do in order to make this happen,” said Bunch.
The initial project was to open the doors for a month and then expand it to three months.
But the family says it has been successful and the project is in its final stages.GOSS said the Brick Houses hope to start accepting reservations in early 2019, so patrons can experience their history firsthand and have the opportunity to take a tour of the site.