An Interview with Anne Rogers



The moment Anne Rogers saw the building at 4 Fowler Street it ignited endless ideas that kept her awake at night. Upon discovering it was for sale, she knew all those grand plans could be realized and took a leap of faith to make it hers. With keys in hand, she called in Ti Kreck, owner of Kreck Carpentry, who took a good look around and said, "It's a beast, but it's going to be amazing!" And thus, The Beast Project was born.


When the demolition began in the winter of 2017, it opened the doors to the discovery of all the building had embodied. Each layer removed gave more insight into the history within these walls. From Joe Dunn's Tavern to Markovitz Brothers Food Mart, and many in between, this building had an extensive footprint in the story of Port Jervis. When the dust settles, The Beast Project will be the labor of love that results in R.H.Smith Mercantile; the next business to hang its shingle over the door.


R.H. Smith Mercantile’s mission is to bring an artful shopping experience to the downtown area of Port Jervis. With our gallery, individual artisan studios, and marketplace, tourists and locals alike will be able to discover artisan wares, participate in our events or just come in to be inspired!


Creating a space for exploration and advancement in all arts is what the R.H. Smith Workshops & Stage will grow to be. Live/work studios, rehearsal space and communal table critiques will provide a safe place to connect one artist to another, provide inspiration, and foster the creativity that lies within each of us. Guidance and advice from mentors, along with a place to showcase ones work, will cultivate the next generation of great artists and give them a sense of family and community.


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