As revelers don all things St. Patty’s and head downtown for the annual festival two businesses that are new to that area are hoping to cash in on some serious green.
From items for your furry friends, to jewelry, to funky socks and a women’s clothing line, Julie Ayers is thrilled to offer things you can’t find anywhere else in town at her newly opened store, Magnolia Layne.
“We wanted to do things that haven’t already been done. Something unique, something that would be a draw and also something to help refurbish downtown,” Magnolia Layne Owner Julie Ayers said.
While her temporary location and shared space with the Lily Pad, inside the Holt, is serving her needs right now, Ayers is in the process of purchasing and refurbishing a larger location downtown.
Ayers: “Now is the time, I mean if you want to be downtown, you better get down here now, because it is happening fast and it is going to be really amazing.”
The future move will also allow her to expand what she offers customers and she hopes many stop by this weekend.
Ayers: “I am hoping everybody gets lucky down here this weekend and sees the potential of downtown and all the different things that are happening down here, it’s just going up from here.”
Meanwhile a complete rehab is underway just around the corner from Magnolia Layne, at the future home of Gypsy Uncorked at 801 Indiana.
Tagan couch says although they loved their location on Kemp, they outgrew the space.
“We’ve always loved the eclectic atmosphere of downtown, and we felt like we most definitely fit in down here,” Gypsy Uncorked Owner Tagan Couch said.
And with two other locations already open in the area, the Couch’s jumped at the opportunity to move this venture downtown.
Couch: “It’s getting so much bigger, its thriving and the downtown revitalization is getting insane.”
Couch says they plan to highlight the talents of local artists on a gallery wall and Couch says she’s had request from artists from 10-years-old to 80.
That will start taking shape, along with many other elements of the new place, once they get a fresh coat of paint on everything.
Couch says this is the biggest project they’ve ever taken on and with the shortest timeline.
“Our goal is to be open on Saturday to have all the festival goers, coming down here checking out what will soon come within the next two weeks.”
Couch says since they will serve tapas and small plates inside the new location, their food truck will now be freed up to travel to different events around the area.
They plan to have Gypsy Uncorked open and running on normal business hours by April 2nd, then within 6 months they plan to open up the upstairs for wine and jazz shows, etc.
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