914 Indiana Ave. Wichita Falls, TX
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
On my Downtown Darkside Tour, when we stop at this building, I ask the crowd to raise their hand if they have never heard of a 5 & 10 cent store. I am very surprised that the younger people in the crowd have no idea what it was. I tell them it was like a dollar store today, except back then, things cost a nickel or a dime. This surprises a lot of the younger people! 914 Indiana Ave. was the home of W.T. Grant 5 & 10 for many years.
The first time 914 Indiana appears in the city directory is in 1924 and 1925. It was the Singer Sewing Center. Then in 1926, the address along with the two stores next door disappear from the directory. I believe at that time the three buildings were being demolished and new modern brick buildings were being built.
In 1927, a new two-story brick building was built and it became W.T. Grant. It remained in this location for 29 years closing in 1955. In 1956, Grayson's Shop, a woman's clothing shop opened in this location. By 1968, the building was vacant again and remained that way for several years.
In 1972, Huff's Hobby Shop moved in. 1978 brought the Disabled Veteran's Store which turned into the Kiwanis Resale Shop in 1981. By 1988, It was Commercial Press, a printing company, for one year, at which time it remained vacant until 1993.
Found Images opened in in 1993 and in 1994 Toad's joined them. By 1995, it was Loose Change, all which were eclectic resale clothing shops.
Once again, it was vacant for several years when the Mansion II Antique Mall opened up in 2003 and remained there until owner Kenneth Cunningham passed away in 2016. Kenneth's son, Tim, continued his father's legacy and renamed the store Heritage Antiques and remained in this location until 2017 when he moved his store to 1503 Lamar Ave. to a larger location.
This year, Dwayne Jackson, the owner of the Wichita Theatre, opened Stage 2 Dinner Theatre and local famous chef, Demrick “Chef D” Davis caters the dinners.
Downtown Wichita Falls is coming alive again, especially on Indiana and Ohio avenues. It's great to see the progress our downtown has made since it's demise in the 1980's.
The building on the far right is the first time the address of 914 Indiana shows up in the city directory. It was Singer Sewing Center in 1924.
1920's view of W.T. Grant
1950's view of W.T. Grant
Kiwanis Resale Shop in the 1980's
Mansion II Antique Mall around 2010
Heritage Antique Mall 2017
Currently, 914 Indiana is an extension of the Wichita Theater called, "Stage 2 Dinner Theatre."
I also sell out of print books on CD on my website. You can find family names, city or county histories, the books I have written about Wichita Falls and more! Just click on the logo below!
The books I have written are available at Heritage Antique Mall at 1503 Lamar Ave. across from Coca Cola or at Picker's Universe at 1000 Indiana Ave. across from the library. They are also available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Williams-Coley/e/B00IXAYBH2