In the Heart of the Northwestern Illinois Driftless Region on Historic US Highway 20 there is a former Mercantile/General Store known as the Bishop Building. It was originally built by the Bishop Family in 1916 and remained in business until the 21st Century. If you visit the Elizabeth Historical Society Museum you will see a vivid display of the family, the building and the business including an Opera House on the upper level. In later years an apartment was added at one end of the Opera House/Theater. The current owners purchased the building in 2019 and have put in 3 new N Gas HVAC systems; an on-demand Hot water heater; all new windows in the 2 bedroom apartment; added an accessible bathroom on the main floor and a nearly completed full bath in the basement, totally renovated the main floor which was developing very nicely as an Art Gallery where artists and artisans could also teach classes in person and via zoom. Then Covid came along and the gallery closed in Dec of 2021. At present there is a temporary re-sale business enjoying use of the main level while marketing it for another visionary to take it to the next level. Elizabeth has a TIF District, no zoning ordinance of consequence in the Village of Elizabeth, an active Chamber of Commerce and an organized committee to ENERGIZE ELIZABETH . One of the businesses identified as NEEDED in Elizabeth is MERCANTILE (which is what this property was originally designed for and is readily adaptable to become once again.
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