In 1899, when Jerome’s Clinkscale building reopened after a fire the year before destroyed the previous building, its bottom floor was a mercantile, while its upper rooms housed offices. The mercantile, though, had a pretty interesting claim to fame: It was one of the first places to sell Levi’s in the West — outside of San Francisco, of course.
Now, more than 120 years later, you’ll find jeans only on the patrons of The Clinkscale hotel. With six private rooms upstairs and a popular restaurant on the floor that once housed the mercantile, the building has once again been brought to life — this time by Eric and Michelle Jurisin of The Haunted Group, which owns and operates several other properties in the Verde Valley, including Jerome’s Haunted Hamburger restaurant and Cottonwood’s Pizzeria Bocce and Tavern Hotel.
“We obviously have a passion for restoring old buildings,” Eric says. “It’s our thing. What made The Clinkscale different is that it started out as a great building with great details, such as the facade, windows, wood trim and ceilings. What we were able to do is bring those elements back out by removing the center wall on the bottom floor to really open up the space. We also uncovered all of the upper windows so you could see more of those details. Upstairs, we went from eight rooms with shared bathrooms to six rooms with private bathrooms.”
And while The Clinkscale’s historic charm remains, it’s also full of modern amenities, including flat-screen televisions, plush linens, pillow-top mattresses, and bathrooms with marble floors and walk-in showers.
The Jurisins purchased the property in the fall of 2019, then closed it during the COVID-19 pandemic to focus on a top-to-bottom restoration. The Clinkscale reopened in December 2020, and at press time, the Jurisins were planning to open a penthouse suite that will be located above the nearby Haunted Hamburger.
“The thing that really stands out about The Clinkscale is that it’s right in the middle of town,” Eric says. “That makes it perfect for wandering around Main Street.”
That is, if you can resist the allure of The Clinkscale’s bottom-floor restaurant, which serves brunch, lunch and dinner daily. During the workweek, you can even get a mimosa for a penny with the purchase of a brunch item. Bet your bottom dollar, that’s a heck of a deal.
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