April 17, 2021

Stop into The Hideout

New multi-functional event spot open in downtown Baxter

Baxter’s newest hangout spot is definitely not “hiding out” from the public. The Hideout, a multi-functional event spot at 105 S. Main St., next to Joss & Beans, held a soft opening in February and officially opened the doors with a ribbon cutting celebration Saturday.

An idea thought up by owners Jerry and Chris Roby along with their family, the idea of the space first started when thinking of needs within the City of Baxter.

“A few years ago when my family and I were on a vacation we were sitting and waiting on our meal to be served and we started talking about how we thought Baxter needed a spot where kids could come hang out, especially in the summertime when everybody is out of school and there isn’t as much to do,” Chris Roby said. “We were talking that we need a place where they can come in and play games, we have board games, retro video gaming and there are always refreshments, too, because kids like to sit and eat.”

Their idea began to take shape last March when a building became available in downtown Baxter. The Roby’s took a look at the spot and started work not long after.

“It was an empty shell, a big rectangle,” Roby said. “We were able to purchase it and then we started with renovations, getting it all constructed.”

The renovations included adding a concession area with loft above for storage, creating a graffiti wall perfect to show off any thoughts or art and hangout tables and lounge areas ready for games or just spending time with old or new friends.

“We’re hosting an afternoon youth hangout for school-age kids (3rd-12th grade) from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays,” Roby said. “We have it available if somebody wants to teach a class and we’re going to have some of those lined up. We’re also going to rent it if somebody needs a space for a party, shower, whatever.”

Sure to be a popular meeting area for kids and an entertainment space for adults, The Hideout is a welcome addition to Baxter.

“We are more than just a hangout,” Roby said. “We are a place where fun a creativity run free; a place to set your inspirations in motion.”

For more information about The Hideout visit baxterhideout.com.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com