With a handful of businesses closing in downtown Huntsville this year, keeping the area lively and growing remains a priority.
Kelly Smith is one of the newest business owners in downtown Huntsville. She opened her store Pet Wants, just four months ago.
“I love it. The comradery around here with the businesses, we’re a tight knit group, we’re always helping each other,” Smith said.
That community of business owners is growing.
“2019 promises to be a year with lots of cranes and cones, we anticipate 7-8 new projects starting in downtown Huntsville in the coming year. The new Hilton Curio Hotel on Jefferson, Redstone Federal Credit Union signature building near Twickenham Square, new lofts at the City Center development,” explained Chad Emerson President/CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
The Avenue on Jefferson Street will see a number of new tenants next year including melt.
“It’s going to go in the signature corner space at Jefferson and Holmes. If you’ve been to Avondale in the Birmingham area, it’s one of the more popular restaurants there, so we are extremely excited that they’re bringing Melt to downtown Huntsville,” Emerson continued.
There are a few businesses that have closed or are moving locations, including Amendment XXI, UG White and Sam & Greg’s. Downtown Huntsville, Inc. said the area is still moving in the right direction.
“I think as we continue to diversify what we have downtown, in terms of different housing types, we have everything from beautiful estate homes to lofts downtown and everything in between. so the key is to continue to meet demand,” said Emerson.