HASTINGS, Neb. — A business that got its start selling headbands at volleyball tournaments keeps gaining more fame in Central Nebraska.

Small Town Famous is on the move. Jacque Cranson started small with her screen printing and embroidery business 11 years ago. About seven years ago, she opened her first storefront after moving to Hastings.

“We had a small shop over on 1st and Denver and now we’re moved over to here and kind of just continue to outgrow it so we’re looking for the next step,” Cranson said.

Cranson and her husband Matt bought the nearly 150-year-old Wolbach Building, which sits two doors down from their current store on 2nd St.

She’s had her eyes on what she calls the coolest property downtown ever since moving to Hastings.

“Have you seen the front of it? Well, the inside’s not (cool) right now, it’s actually terrible," Cranson said. "It’s so unique with the big windows upstairs and all the glass and there’s two different openings for doors. It’s just beautiful now that they’ve taken off the old metal from the 60s.”

The Wolbach Building offers more production space and a chance to expand to multiple floors of retail offerings. There might even be a bakery or other food options.

“The screen printing is going to be up front so you can see the action kind of like you can now," Cranson said. "Everyone will walk in and see the process. The embroidery, we’ll hopefully have where you can see that as well.”

The whole project will cost more than $2.5 million. Cranson will use tax increment financing granted by the city along with federal and state historic tax credits to help with the cost.

For the most part, the project is funded by lots and lots of t-shirts.

“We haven’t been here all that long so it’s kind of been nice to see the community rally behind us and support us and that we can continue to grow,” Cranson said.

Renovations could start within a month and the new-look Small Town Famous could open next spring.