Mixing local history with a unique shopping experience is what the SoCo Depot offers its customers. The store is located inside the historic MKT Train Depot that is south of city hall on Rogers Street.

“We just recently opened on Saturday. We have got kitchen supplies, grills and home décor. We try to offer a wide variety of very unique items,” Store Manager Bekah Roebuck said. “People have been very impressed and glad that we are here. They said that they have not seen anything like it in Waxahachie.”

Roebuck said SoCo offers customers a lot of unique gift items that you can’t find anywhere else. One of these unique items is the S’well bottle, which can keep a liquid cold for about 48 hours.

Part of the proceeds from the sales of the S’well bottles go toward proving sustainable safe water, hygiene and sanitation to some of the worlds poorest communities.

The store also sells the Vitamix blender, which goes beyond normal blending and allows people to create their own soups, mixed beverages and cold coffee drinks. The store is also a distributor for top of the line Webber grills that can only be purchased through a dealer.

Dennis and Beverly Horak, owners of Boyce Feed and Grain located behind the depot on College Street, own the store. Dennis said he wants to encourage people not only to come down to shop but to stop by and look at the depot since it has opened after sitting vacant for three years.

The name of the store, SoCo Depot, comes from abbreviating South College Street, which runs directly behind the depot.

Dennis said the reception the store received Saturday was great and had a lot of people come through who were attending the farmers market.

The city purchased the building back in 2008. Restoration of the building was started in 2009 and was completed in 2010 for about $1.3 million. The depot was built in 1908 and was a part of the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad. Passenger service to the depot was discontinued in 1964. Freight service continued at the depot until 1988.

Since the restoration was competed the city looked at proposals to use the depot as a restaurant. Finding none that met the city’s qualifications the city looked using the building for other uses. A proposal from the Horaks was accepted for a retail store in 2012 and a nine-year lease of the building was approved at the Jan. 22 city council meeting.

Downtown Development Director Anita Williamson said the opening of this new business would be a key in the redevelopment.

“We are thankful to have another new business in downtown. I really think that it is going to do a lot to revitalize the southern portion of downtown. There is no telling what else will take place with this,” Williamson said. “It is not only going to be a great shopping area, but it is going to be a beautiful area as well.”

Williams said with the farmers market located up the street from the depot and the feed store located behind the depot people are going to have no problem finding everything they need in one spot.

The entrance to the store is on the side of the depot that faces city hall just off the parking lot. The store is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and closed on Sundays. The SoCo Depot is located at 501 South Rogers St. in Waxahachie. For more information about the SoCo Depot, call 972-351-0086.

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