BELLVILLE — A stately, two story building that graces a corner in downtown Bellville as The Wishmaker House, has been placed on the market.
The building was reconfigured over the space of three years by owners Brad and Karen Smith. It now operates as a bed and breakfast facility, where local wine is served. It is at 116 Main St.
Information about the sale is on Zillow, a website that deals with real estate operations.
The property is listed for sale at $1.3 million.
The website talks about how the 1890s building is “truly one of the best B&B’s around.”
The building has eight bedrooms and nine baths, plus a commercial kitchen and eating area on the first floor. It is 9,882 square feet.
Smith, the owner of Smith True Value Hardware Inc., said he and his wife used local businesses to reconfigure the building. Only one group that is not local was used, he said. That was to install a range hood in the NSF commercial kitchen.
A commercial food kitchen must have equipment and facilities approved by health inspectors, and meet other standards.
Smith said there is a “tremendous amount of potential” in that building. He said he hopes whoever gets it will continue in operating it as a bed and breakfast.
The Wishmaker House is now open Thursday through Saturday. Special events in the area are frequently held there.
Vic Swisher, a Bellville council member, is married to the Smith couple’s daughter, Cassie. He makes wine that is sold under the Wishmaker House label in the facility. The wine has won awards. The Wishmaker House was recently given an award by Destination Mansfield, which was naming groups which had contributed to the area.
Cassie Swisher has been responsible for some operations at The Wishmaker House.
The Wishmaker House is a member of the Wine and Ale Trail group in Richland County.
Smith said several personal reasons governed the decision to try to sell the business. His wife Karen had two recent losses in her family and there were other considerations to examine, he said.