Sheri Withers Hollenbeck, center, chats with Corey DuFour, left and Keith Saunders at the Sunday Indie Market on on Lisbon Street in Lewiston. DuFour, co-owner of DuForge Studio, Hollenbeck and Stan Hollenbeck, Sherri’s husband, recently acquired the former Lamey Wellehan building, where the market is held, and plan to transform it into an art and ale house called The Curio. They plan to open a makerspace, where the public will have the opportunity to rent art-making equipment, use a certified kitchen and attend workshops. In addition, they plan to open a cafe and full bar. Silent films and an art gallery are also in the plans. (Sun Journal file photo)

Downtown Lewiston has got it going on.

Last week it was Sonder & Dram. This week, The Curio Art & Alehouse.

Sheri Withers Hollenbeck, her husband, Stanley Hollenbeck, and artist Corey DuFour are behind the new venture at 110 Lisbon St., the former Lamey Wellehan building.

Withers Hollenbeck said they’ve signed a five-year lease for the building with the option to purchase at the end of five years.

For the storefront level, “we’ll be a gallery with a cafe — a coffee shop and a bar, with soups and sandwiches, but it’ll be more of a community event space, so we’ll also have a small stage where we’ll have different local musicians perform, artists’ talks, along with receptions for the gallery openings,” she said.

A makers space is planned for the basement with instructors teaching classes — think 3-D printing, sewing — and the artist co-op The Hive will eventually move there, Withers Hollenbeck said.

They hope to open at the end of summer after doing much of the renovation work themselves.

It’ll have “art, ale and oddities, a little bit of everything for everybody,” she said.

This story was originally published April 17 as part of The Buzz: That what-is-that in Auburn? It’s Mattress Firm.

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