Plans for a Halloween Day opening of the Mercantile Building appear near to fruition, as workmen have apparently completed a lion’s share of the improvements on the historic downtown building.

A nonpublic “test” opening is scheduled for later this week. Also, a town meeting has been called Thursday evening in order to discuss the Mercantile Building project. The meeting is set to begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Pawhuska Community Center, 520 Lynn Ave.

Since it was started more than four years ago, the Mercantile development of Ladd and Ree Drummond has breathed new life into Pawhuska’s downtown inner core.

August was originally projected as the month “Pioneer Woman” — Ree Drummond — would be opening her deli/bakery/restaurant and general store in the century-old Osage Mercantile Building at the corner of Main Street and Kihekah Avenue.

In addition to their acquisition of several other downtown buildings, the Drummonds also took possession of the former Walmart/Alco building, 1457 W. Main Street, which has been transformed into a warehouse for Pioneer Woman Mercantile merchandise and related products.

Ree Drummond began ascending to fame as a blogger more than a decade ago and has grown steadily more popular due to her achievements as an author and cooking celebrity on cable television’s Food Network. She has a line of cookware, dinnerware, kitchen utensils and table products distributed nationally in Walmart stores.