The Grandview Hotel circa 1930
Alexander Virden, popular local restaurateur and owner of the Grandview Hotel, has hit a rough patch lately with regard to his health. Prior to coming to Berryville, Alexander worked offshore on oil rigs and suffered a serious job related accident that left his legs and hips damaged. Now, that old damage has deteriorated further and reached a critical stage: unless he gets medical attention--surgery, physical therapy, and a long period of rest--he may lose the ability to walk entirely.
Alexander is a Navy veteran and can get the medical help he needs at the VA. What he can't afford to do is close 302 on the Square--the Grandview's restaurant--and take the six months off that he needs to get back on his feet. Closing the restaurant means losing the hotel and forfeiting the tens of thousands of dollars that he and partner Sandra Doss have invested. For Berryville, it means giving up hope that the Grandview remains center stage for downtown redevelopment and reinvestment. Alexander produced a video, 2 Years in 60 Seconds that shows everything that went into renovating the Grandview.
Alexander has produced another video, I want to Walk on his YouTube Channel My 52 Pickup, that describes his current circumstances: it is an appeal for donations to help him keep meeting the Grandview's monthly obligations while he takes a break to repair his legs and hips. Again, you can catch it on YouTube. While there, click on the link to learn more about Alexander's still enthusiastic plans for Ozarts, a film school where students of every age will learn how to produce films and videos.
"I don't have a lot of time left," Alexander said last week. "If I can't raise enough money to take some time off, we're out of business and the Grandview will close. What I hope is that the video goes viral on YouTube and, that enough people agree that what we've done here is worth saving and make a donation.
"I want to walk," he said, quietly.
Alexander and Sandra are also selling original porch spindles as seen in the photograph above. Donate $100.00 to help Alexander get medical treatment and they will set aside one of these small but important artifacts of Carroll County History. Go to the Ozarts website for details