By the time McAnally's parents, Burt and Jody, bought the market in 2002, the building had clearly seen better days. The upstairs was used infrequently, the first floor was a mishmash of antique stores (some of which I loved to browse in my younger days).
Over the past decade, the McAnallys have spent $2 million on upgrades that included all new plumbing, electricity, an elevator and new roof. Upcoming improvements include restoring the ballroom's original wood floor and a fresh paint job.
Getting the word out about Farmer's Public Market is part of the challenge for the McAnallys as they face uninformed folks like myself and hope to revive the event venue.
As the once blighted west edge of downtown continues to develop, the once-isolated Oklahoma City Farmer's Public Market, with its history and vast views of the skyline, is seen by some planners as the likely anchor of the next hot district.
Oklahoma City has its own Cain's Ballroom — let's hope it doesn't take too long for it to be discovered.