Piston's on the Bricks
Piston Festival & Swap Meet
2019 - 4th Friday's 5:00 - 10:00
Photographs by Jerry Hightower. Click here to see more
Inaugural Event - Art of Historic Rennovation
The first Bartlett on the Bricks event was on May 11, 2019, and began with a specific event - the Open House of the Central Christian Church and was called "The Art of Historic Preservation". The event was centered around the Open House for the restored Central Christian Church (this is now FOR SALE) and the Grand Openings of three new businesses in Bartlett: Willia and Bell; Red Door Salvage; and the Matrix. This event was the perfect time to show off Bartlett and it's unique time of restoration and revitalization.
Events included the Open House at the renovated Central Christian Church at the corner of Alamo and Pietzsch. It has been transformed by Kris Ruiz in a spectacular way! It's a must see! Kris spends her "free" time finding and renovating historic buildings in small towns. In addition to saving a treasure, Kris hopes the renovated building will create a spark in the town to bring the community together to make more improvements and increase their pride in their hometown.
As it happens, three businesses had grand openings at the same time. The Matrix has been renovated and is re-opening as a family-friendly place to enjoy family time, a burger and a beer, play some games, and hear some music.
Willia and Bell opened in Historic Downtown Bartlett in the building next to the gun store on Clark Street. Willia and Bell features Texas Hand-Made Goods, clothes and a General Store. Stephanie Romero is the owner. Future plans include serving special Texas-roasted coffee and ice cream.
Last, but not least, Red Door Architectural Salvage also celebrated their Grand Opening. Here is a place to find the perfect accent for your home, carrying vintage doors and windows, stained glass, tubs, hardware and all sorts of unique and wonderful finds. The have an entire section for unique farmhouse home decor.
The inaugrual Bartlett on the Bricks event went very well with well over one hundred visitors and shoppers in our town, in spite of the rainy weather. The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce performed ribbon-cuttings for all the new businesses and most citizens also came out to see what was going on.