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+ HaysFreePress.com ree March 8, 2017 Page 1D PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA SMITH Buda business owner Jeff Beal will soon be sharing his love of cigars with the opening of the Cigar Vault on Main Street in Buda. Beals is renovating the historic building that once housed Farmers State Bank. Beals has retained some of the bank items and plans on maintaining the char- acter of the old bank. 000 New a business banks on historic charm BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com A love of cigars drove a current Buda business owner to consider lighting up a new business idea. By renovating the old Farmers National Bank building along Main Street, Jeff Beal plans to open his new business, the Cigar Vault, on April 1. Beal, who owns Olympia Hills Gymnas- tics in Buda, said he was inspired to open the business based on his fondness for stogies of all types. The lounge is designed to be a smoking lounge, with a bar serving beer and wine and the antique bank vault serving as a humidor where custom- ers can purchase cigars. "Of all the ones (cigar lounges) I have seen, this one is meant to be a culmination of them all," Beal said. While the old bank building provided a lot of "old bones," Beal under- stood the need to provide a facelift for the structure, in order to open the new business. The last time the old bank building was oc- cupied was decades ago. The structure served as a display area for artwork and glassware by the former property owner, who also stored antiques in the building. Beal said the floors, roof, sign and bars on the windows are original, as are the old bank vault and safe in the structure. Other aesthetics that remain are the original lettering on the windows from the structure's his- tory as a bank. Beal said lighting, air conditioning, electrical wiring and plumbing are all new elements, which cost Beal $50,000 total to complete. In keeping with the antique feel of the struc- ture, Beal also invested in a chandelier from Europe that hangs from the vaulted ceiling, and a section of replacement 24 5f8" X 23 I/2" Logo Panel gn ~ 18" x 14" 23 If2" x 23 lt~ EXTERIOR RENDERINGS PROVIDED BY THECITY OF BUDA Lynn Wilkerson of Great Big Signs, who created the Texas Pie Company sign in Kyle, will incorporate a vintage clock into the Cigar Vault sign, which will be crafted using the framework from the old sign. fencing from France. Beal also intends to have a rock mason build a side patio onto the build- ing and put a door where currently a window is located to provide access to the outdoor patio. But he also gained approval from the Buda Historic Preservation Commission earlier this month to add a new touch to the old sign that overhangs the door. The HPC gave Beal ap- proval to use the original Farmers National Bank signage for a new sign, which will be designed by LynnWilkerson, owner of Great Big Signs in Kyle. Wilkerson, who created the Texas Pie Company sign in Kyle, will incor- porate a vintage clock into the Cigar Vault sign, which will be crafted us- ing the framework from the old sign. "We're trying to stay vintage and use antiques whenever we can," Beal said. "That's what we are, a vintage cigar lounge where people can come to relax." BACK iN 1926 'Flapper Bandit' strikes Buda Bank The soon-to-open Cigar Vault is located in the second Farmers State Bank location. The original Farmers State Bank was up the street where Raby's Roots is now. Back in 1926, in the original Farmers State Bank's location, Rebecca Bradley, a 21 -one- year-old student at the Universtiy of Texas in Austin, decided to rob banks to pay her college tuition. First, she set fire to a vacant house near downtown Round Rock and rushed into the nearby bank thinking the employees would be distracted by the blaze. When that plan failed, she drove south of Austin to the Farmers National Bank in Buda and pretended to be a newspaper reporter as she made careful notes while interviewing local farmers about their crops and government policies. She securedtheir way to freedom, permission to use the and by the time she bank's typewriter inside reached home she was the teller's cage. After arrested. Newspapers a time, she pulled a across the country .32 automatic, herded went nuts reporting on both employees into the pretty, little coed the walk-in safe and who they dubbed the fled with $1,000 in five- "flapper bandit." dollar bills. Her Ford Above is a photo of Model T coupe got Rebecca Bradley soon stuck in the mud on the after she was caught. way back to Austin. The History and photo bank employees used from Buda Texas: a screwdriver to jiggle Celebrating 125 years. 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