By now, some patrons will have noticed the game trail rutted into the floor between the front door and the cash register, and the ceiling lights—seemingly the building's first fixtures. These elements and more have long added to the charm and atmosphere, but management concluded the "charm and atmosphere" actually verged on danger and distaste, so between Fridays, Sept. 7 and 14, Flying M will be closed.
"The epoxy floors are about 18 years old, and everywhere there's a rug, it's worn down to the two-by-fours," said Flying M Owner Kent Collins.
The improvements will be substantive, but subtle. Workers will re-do the floors, replace the lighting and paint the walls black, white, gray, red and purple.
"We're keeping all the funky stuff," Collins said. "We're just refreshing it."
In the coming days, Collins said he will begin posting notices at the M's front door and near the counter, and post a message on social media telling customers about the closure. He expects the shop to reopen on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m., "so cross your fingers."