Partnership revives old saloon

Remember the old Hancock Saloon?

It was on the north side of Canyon Lake at the corner of FM 306 and Canyon Park Road. The building sat empty for five years until last February when it was purchased by Rex Henry, George Steinke, and E.B. Jobe; collectively known as GEX Development.

They changed the name of the corner to Canyon Park Plaza, and they plan on making the highest and best use of this prime location overlooking the lake.

The first tenant to move in was Land & Homes Real Estate, and Brad, Leslie, Herb and Rex are very pleased with their new location.

The new owners are eager to become part of the community, and to start things off, the owners have put together the first-ever Market at the Lake featuring arts, crafts, and retail vendor booths, which doubles as a fund drive for Canyon Lake Fire/EMS.

The fund-raiser will be held at the new Canyon Park Plaza on Saturday May 14, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. One-hundred percent of the vendor booth fees will be donated to the Canyon Lake Fire/EMS.

Everyone is invited, and admission and parking are free. Around 4 p.m. the live music will begin and continue until 7 p.m. Donations are greatly appreciated.

"We want to do several of these types of events throughout the year," general partner Rex Henry said. "Right now we're dreaming of different types of music events and, who knows, maybe even a play. We have almost three acres of undeveloped property behind the building with a fantastic view of the lake and the beautiful sunsets. We might as well take advantage of it and have some fun while we're at it."

In addition, Henry said they plan on continuing Market at the Lake every second Saturday, throughout the year to give local artisans, collectors, and other vendors a place to show their wares and a place to hunt for bargains.

"Don't forget that Canyon Park is a block away, so you may want to bring a swimsuit," Henry said.

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