House of Rock owner Casey Lain was shocked recently.
The owner of the thriving downtown business has been a part of downtown Corpus Christi for 13 years. Lain’s business, located at the corner of Mesquite and Starr streets, as recently chosen by the Texas Downtown Association as the winner of the Downtown Owner of the Year award.
The business sits with two stages, dining areas and is surrounded inside by local artwork.
For this award, several communities in Texas were nominated. Lain was chosen locally, beating out several cities across Texas including metropolitan areas in Dallas and parts of Houston.
Community involvement, Lain says, is one way his business stands out.
“Be supportive the area the downtown our neighbors, businesses, and our patrons,” Lain says. “Just try and be open-minded to being involved with the community I think makes us stand out a little bit.”
Lain adds another benefit that helps his business.
“Great pizza also,” Lain says.
In the course of his 13 years of operation, Lain says House of Rock has seen its challenges. But Lain says he’s learned how to manage while hosting many community gatherings and being flexible with his organization’s operation.
“Have an idea, run for it, try and make it work and see it happened is just a good feeling,” Lain said.