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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #285 on: May 26, 2014, 10:19:37 PM »
Interesting. Of all the above shops, only Krystals and Hola are open.

Adels is open at Cottage and Main. Something, I think a thrift shop is in Pasco Hardware. The place with the flags and no name is Island Tropics at 16th and Main, is open unless it closed sometime recently.
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #286 on: May 27, 2014, 01:51:54 AM »
I got food poisoning from krystals there on Friday evening... hopefully I'm a rare case but they will be closed if that happens to a few more people...
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #287 on: May 27, 2014, 06:42:42 AM »
Interesting. Of all the above shops, only Krystals and Hola are open.

Adels is open at Cottage and Main. Something, I think a thrift shop is in Pasco Hardware. The place with the flags and no name is Island Tropics at 16th and Main, is open unless it closed sometime recently.


Yeah, Main is about the same as it was when I made that post six years ago.....which isn't saying much. A few places have closed and a few have opened. The same could be said about most places in town, outside of Regency Mall. The key for Main is to find a way to have double, triple or more the amount of openings as closings during the same time period.
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #288 on: May 27, 2014, 07:53:34 AM »
Yes.. Carl's on 8th and Main is open...Wafa is open for business Tunis is open ...we have a Massage Salon...if more viable businesses come we will support.

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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #289 on: May 27, 2014, 07:54:49 AM »
A viable retail market? Remember 2013-384 a year ago and the armory for a buck and zero access to Hogans Creek. imagine an organic, spontaneous, cluster of positive active interaction with a node of transient (Food Truck, Bike, Kayak)retail engagement.

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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #290 on: May 27, 2014, 01:03:40 PM »
Interesting. Of all the above shops, only Krystals and Hola are open.

Adels is open at Cottage and Main. Something, I think a thrift shop is in Pasco Hardware. The place with the flags and no name is Island Tropics at 16th and Main, is open unless it closed sometime recently.


Yeah, Main is about the same as it was when I made that post six years ago.....which isn't saying much. A few places have closed and a few have opened. The same could be said about most places in town, outside of Regency Mall. The key for Main is to find a way to have double, triple or more the amount of openings as closings during the same time period.

That will definitely be the key, unfortunately it doesn't seem there's much inclination to help it along.
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #291 on: May 28, 2014, 07:17:03 AM »
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Yeah, Main is about the same as it was when I made that post six years ago.....which isn't saying much.

You think the economy and current conditions of Main Street go hand in hand? Our economy is improving all over the city, it will improve in Springfield too, when people feel more confident. It will happen. It will come back.
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #292 on: July 29, 2014, 04:08:43 PM »
My phone is being finicky today and doesn't seem to want to cut and paste a link, but JBJ has a great article about some new retail coming to Springfield.Highlights: a hookah bar moving into the eclectic purple bldg on Main, a reuse for The Pearl (which I thought would sit vacant for years), and new neighborhood retail on Pearl Street.



Addendum: I know this thread is long, but it seems apt. I hate when you have to jump multiple threads of people repeating same stuff looking for new info mixed in.
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #293 on: July 29, 2014, 04:36:19 PM »
My phone is being finicky today and doesn't seem to want to cut and paste a link, but JBJ has a great article about some new retail coming to Springfield.Highlights: a hookah bar moving into the eclectic purple bldg on Main, a reuse for The Pearl (which I thought would sit vacant for years), and new neighborhood retail on Pearl Street.



Addendum: I know this thread is long, but it seems apt. I hate when you have to jump multiple threads of people repeating same stuff looking for new info mixed in.

from what I have heard the pearl is going to be some sort of Co-op place it is a cool building indeed.
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #294 on: July 29, 2014, 09:39:04 PM »
My phone is being finicky today and doesn't seem to want to cut and paste a link, but JBJ has a great article about some new retail coming to Springfield.Highlights: a hookah bar moving into the eclectic purple bldg on Main, a reuse for The Pearl (which I thought would sit vacant for years), and new neighborhood retail on Pearl Street.



Addendum: I know this thread is long, but it seems apt. I hate when you have to jump multiple threads of people repeating same stuff looking for new info mixed in.

Here you go!

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New life coming to Main Street with retail shop announcements

A long beleaguered neighborhood of the urban core is seeing new life, with several retail outlets announcing plans to move into the Springfield neighborhood.

Over the next six months, at least four businesses plan on opening up in the neighborhood, including three on Main Street.

One of those new shops, the Serenity Tea and Hookah Lounge at 1715 N. Main St., will open its doors in early September.

The lounge will offer a variety of foods and desserts, as well as wine, beer, tea and coffee, owner Gail Harris said. The shop will also offer free Wi-Fi, live music, entertainment and, of course, a vast array of hookah flavors.

A few blocks away from Main Street, The Birdhouse Café will set up shop in the former Fusion Art Wine Jazz bar at 1827 N Pearl St. The cafe will offer food, live music, beer and wine.

full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/07/29/new-life-coming-to-main-street-with-retail-shop.html
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #295 on: July 29, 2014, 09:41:18 PM »
More from the JBJ...

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What Main Street announcements mean for Springfield

Plans by a handful of retailers to set up shop on and near Main Street may be signs of life for the Springfield neighborhood, which has struggled to attract a critical mass of businesses.

“There are a lot of cool things happening in Springfield,” said Bill Hoff, president of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization group. “A lot of them are still working on the final product, but in six months there should be quite a few new shops."

full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/07/29/what-main-street-announcements-mean-for.html
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #296 on: July 29, 2014, 09:53:43 PM »
^that was it, thanks Lake  :)
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #297 on: July 30, 2014, 07:52:54 AM »
More from the JBJ...

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What Main Street announcements mean for Springfield

Plans by a handful of retailers to set up shop on and near Main Street may be signs of life for the Springfield neighborhood, which has struggled to attract a critical mass of businesses.

“There are a lot of cool things happening in Springfield,” said Bill Hoff, president of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization group. “A lot of them are still working on the final product, but in six months there should be quite a few new shops."

full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/07/29/what-main-street-announcements-mean-for.html

In addition to what was mentioned in the article, The St. Augustine Paper Company purchased a store front on the 1500 block of Main for a satellite location, new offices going in at 5th & Main, martial arts biz relocating next to Avela Day Spa on the 1400 block of Main, and a regularly scheduled farmer's market-ish event will be starting in the Fall.

Good to see new ventures on Main Street.
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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #298 on: July 30, 2014, 08:06:57 AM »
most of them had no help from SPAR, btw.  Wonder why Bill is out in front of this?


Good question.


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Re: Is Springfield a viable retail market?
« Reply #299 on: July 30, 2014, 11:44:46 AM »
You should see some local television news coverage of this soon, as well.