Craig and Elaine purchased the Dayton Mercantile in September 2013. The building had been for sale since 2005 and needed some TLC. Renovation took 8 months. The building got all new electrical and plumbing, all new heating and air conditioning and a face lift. The oak wood floors, the original ceiling and the old back bar remain the focal points. The upstairs is the oldest ballroom in the State of Wyoming and one of very few of its kind anywhere. Built by Henry ( Hank) Croghan in 1886, the ballroom was the main gathering spot for town meetings, dances, boxing matches and community events for over a century.
The Dayton Mercantile opened again for business June 30, 2014. We were overwhelmed by the kindness and interest from the local town people. We would give 3 tours a day to people just wanting to know what the plans were for this magnificent historical building. We heard stories of each family and how they remembered their tie to the old building.
The Dayton Mercantile opened again for business June 30, 2014. This past year, we have been visited by people from 27 different countries and from all over the United States. We are growing and expanding our line of consumable local products such as raw honey, honey candy, sauces, meat rubs, jellies, jams, soaps, and lotions.