DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR
MARBLE FALL — For several years, Stuart and Rebecca Nunnally looked at the laundry mat on some property on Avenue H adjacent to Second Street and wondered about the land’s possibility. But a long-term lease kept the property as a laundry mat.
But when the lease ended, they found themselves facing the question again — this time for real.
What they ended up doing with it is Market on H, the latest major building on the Marble Falls skyline. But the building doesn’t overwhelm the local architecture; it compliments it.
“We wanted something that would blend old town with the new,” Stuart said.
They turned to Chad and Jeanne Pierce of Seaux Pierce Architecture of Austin to come up with the design, while Nash Builders of Horseshoe Bay served as the general contractor. And with the building completed, the Nunnallys can’t be more pleased.
“They really came up with a building that would blend in with the older architecture of downtown,” Stuart Nunnally said. “We didn’t want something that would just overpower the area.”
Plus, the Nunnallys wanted their building to serve as a conduit for the Main Street and downtown area of Marble Falls, not take people away from it. Both grew up in Marble Falls and know all too well the importance of a vibrant Main Street area.
“I feel like keeping that historic and, you know, the Main Street atmosphere is very important,” Stuart Nunnally said.
The Nunnallys could have sold the property — it would have been a lot easier — but they felt, by keeping the property, they could create something that would truly add to the Marble Falls experience. A typical box store wouldn’t really do that, they said.
The two-story building maximizes the property without overwhelming the area. The Nunnallys added a open, courtyard-style area with outdoor seating and a fountain between the Market on H and its northern neighbor, Double Horn Brewing Co. But it’s not reserved for folks visiting the restaurant or Market on H.
“We really hope the community will come through and use it,” Stuart Nunnally said.
And Rebecca Nunnally pointed out the building and courtyard offer a path for people to take from the U.S. 281 area up to Main Street and downtown. All of which fits into the idea that Market on H can help draw people off the highway and into town.
Any concerns about getting enough tenants quickly faded as several businesses locked in the available office space of the 15,000-square-foot building. GG Ganache is taking over the entire first floor. On the second floor, people will find Dale Brown Properties, Edward Jones-Mitch Rivers, Squeaky Wheel Marketing-Luke Nunnally and Huisache Petroleum-Miles Klepper.
The second floor also includes two suites available for overnight stays. The Nunnallys decided to go with the suites instead of long-term residential living to let more people experience what the Marble Falls area has to offer for a night or two, even up to a week.
“We envision people wanting to stay here with it being a bed-and-breakfast, but with the breakfast part being the Blue Bonnet Cafe,” Stuart Nunnally said. “They’re in walking distance to shopping and many of the local restaurants.”
But the Nunnallys don’t expect people to just take their word for it. They’re hosting an open house April 6 from 5-6:30 p.m. so the community can walk through Market on H, located at 206 Ave. H, and find out just how much is within walking distance from the central location.
“We’re just so grateful to so many people who helped make this possible,” he said. “We want it to be something the community can be proud of.”