by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
|New staircase and deck at carriage house|
Covington business and property owner Charles Killian has ambitious plans for the corner of 6th & Philadelphia in Mainstrasse across from Goebel Park. The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin which plays out daily atop the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower in the park serves as the inspiration for Killian's planned "Hamelin's Square". The main attraction, Piper's, will be part internet cafe, part business center, part art gallery, and part ice cream shop with lots of good eats, too. And there is more to come. "Ideally, all first-floor businesses at Hamelin Square will be retail and merchandise stores," Killian said of his property at 526 Philadelphia Street.
|Formerly an office, this space will house an art gallery|
Recent improvements to the property which already house a magic shop and a photographer's studio include the addition of central air conditioning in the main house, and extensive interior repairs, restoration and remodeling in the main house. A new deck and spiral staircase provide access to the carriage house's second floor. "Over the years the main house has been used for office space shops and the two-story carriage house has been home for a variety of modest food service operations," Killian said. "The second floor was never finished nor was any stair access provided to it until last year."
Killian hopes to open Piper's and move forward with Hamelin Square in the spring. He hopes that a kiosk similar to the one coming to Mainstrasse will be placed on the property. "A large part of the marketing component as added value includes branding and signage," Killian said. Check out Piper's online here.