A former bank building in Ashley now has a different kind of money-related business – video gaming.
Mike and Angel Reid named the business, The Vault Gaming Lounge, in homage to the past use of the building.
The Vault has a bar that was formerly part of the counter for teller windows. Alcohol service/liquor license is required to get a license for video gaming.
For now, the only food served is packaged pizza. Angel Reid said that The Vault may likely later expand the menu, but there are no plans to operate as a full-fledge restaurant.
The building formerly held the Ashley State Bank, and later Magna, Regions, and Union Planters branches. When the bank closed about 20 years ago the building was given to the Village, which used it for storage.
The Village offered the old bank building on sealed auction a year ago. The Reids, of Ashley, bought it for $7,000.
They renovated it for the video gaming and bar business and for offices for his businesses, Reid Tree Service and Reid Painting.
Angel, retired as a hair stylist in Centralia, works at the Vault. The business also has one full-time and four part-time employees.
The Vault is located at 156 N. E. Railroad St. Business hours are Sunday to Thursday noon to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 2 a.m.
Ashley, population 536 (2010 Census), also has video gaming at the Chop Family Inn, Lantern Pub, and a convenience store/gas station.