1217 Washington Street in Commerce Texas is currently the location of The Spot, a sports bar dating back to around 2006. This location was once the location of a store called Duke & Ayers which opened on Saturday, June 5th, 1920 and advertised…

1134 Main St hosted a great variety of downtown businesses over a hundred years beginning in 1917, when the Liberty Café opened. The Café helped Commerce citizens do their part in the war effort by following national rationing including…

On a late Monday afternoon, December 2, 1963, a fire broke out in the Barbecue Hut, owned by Richelieu Cobb on 1207 Washington St. The fire spread rapidly north and engulfed another established business, Sparks' Gift & Hardware owned by…

Cork & Brew looks across the historic brick Main Street at City Hall in the heart of historic Downtown Commerce. Established in 2019, Cork & Brew is a wine bar and pub owned and managed by Paul Rhodes and Rose Selvaggi Rhodes, a US Air Force…

In July of 2017, Commerce received a new local coffee shop. Mugs on the Square was founded by Kelsey Lytle, Katie Walden, and Beckey Thompson with the vision to “create a place where students and community could come together in fellowship and…

The downtown drug store was a staple of mid-twentieth century life in downtowns across Texas. Commerce had a wealth of these gathering places, including Oliver Bros, Ward’s, Wheeler’s, Cranford’s, and the Corner Drug Store. Local pharmacists…

Movie theaters were a major part of Commerce’s social and cultural life throughout the twentieth century. The history of the city’s more than a dozen theaters gives a glimpse into social changes, technological innovations, and the devastation…

An impressive three-story, pillared building marks the eastern edge of downtown Commerce, Texas. One of the oldest surviving buildings in the community, this former post office now serves as a public library. The US Department of Treasury broke…

On March 6, 1982, a fire started inside 1206 Main Street, the former location of the Palace Theater. The blaze reduced the iconic building, at that time a private club also called “Palace.” The fire leveled two more buildings and caused smoke or…

The Service Barber Shop opened on October 1st, 1945 and was co-operated by Roy Martin and Earl Hampton. Both have a long history of working in and owning barber shops in Commerce, Texas. Martin started working at the Westside Barber Shop in 1925…

William Jernigan and Josiah Jackson opened the first business at what would become 1213 Washington St. in 1872. William and his wife Sarah Newman Jernigan had moved to Hunt County from Arkansas in 1856. The opening of a bridge over the South Sulphur…