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Wheatley Mathews Hits The Hopkin’s Icehouse Stage Thursday Night

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Wheatley Mathews hits the Hopkin’s Icehouse stage tonight.

Wheatley Matthews is from the midwest growing up in the city of Dayton, Ohio. After his first solo appearance in April of 2014, Wheatley released his debut self-titled album in September 2014.

Wheatley is back in the studio recording a large number of more original songs in 2015, he’s set to hit the road in March on his first national tour which will be followed by the release of his second album in late spring/early summer.

Here is a little history of Hopkin’s Icehouse.

This building was built in early 1900s. Legend has it that it was a Ford dealership & you are sitting in the “showroom”. Roy D Hopkins Feed & Seed began business here Jan 2, 1936 and closed in 2007, that’s when George Dodson & David Jones purchased the property.

For 18 months on nights & on weekends the Proprietors’ worked  to build Hopkins Icehouse as you see it. Almost 100% of the work was performed by George & Dave, from cutting the concrete then jack hammering it out, scraping & painting the ceiling, hanging the sheetrock then painting it, building the walk in cooler, bar & kitchen.

Original items are; tin ceiling, transoms, doors, floors, & glass windows. The brick wall on the East side is original & was covered w/ plaster which had to be removed w/ sledge hammers. The term “Icehouse” dates back to the day when families purchased blocks of ice for their “ice box”. These early ice boxes were small & the woman of the house would not allow the men to keep their beer in them. So, the men would keep their beer @ the icehouses down by the RR tracks (this is how ice was transported). This is where they would congregate after work & enjoy a cold beer.

Hopkins Icehouse is a corner bar that is reminiscent of days gone by.

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