By Bethany Byrd
What if every building in our beautiful, historic downtown was home to a cherished small business owned by a local man or woman – a realization to a long-held, long-awaited dream for so many?
Already you can see the shift happening, already you can see the growth and excitement. One after another each downtown building is finding a new resident, a new dreamer to revive and restore it beyond its original luster and appeal.
Is a downtown building beckoning to you?
Have you found yourself daydreaming about the possibilities and maybe considering the risks?
That’s what we’re here for. LMS is here to help you understand what it takes to transform your dream from an idea to a beautiful realization through grants, resources and partnership.
The downtown community is here to support you – to offer guidance and advice, to be a resource and a foundation and, of course, to become your very best customers and patrons.
These 4 business owners are calling to you simply through their investment and belief in the revitalization of and rapid growth in Downtown Laurel.
Support them and be inspired by them as they bring us closer to our goal – a vibrant downtown bursting at the seams with innovation, inspiration and the collective realization of a dream.
Oak Street Salon
Opening: Tomorrow, September 10, 2014!
“We want to be a part of the rebuilding of Downtown Laurel!” exclaimed Laurel native Deidra Maddox, one of Oak Street Salon’s owners.
With over 60 years combined experience and 5 talented staff members, the Oak Street Salon is ready to serve clients with style from their beautiful Downtown building.
Heads up men of Laurel – Oak Street Salon is home to Downtown Laurel’s own old-fashioned barber, Jeremy Williams, specializing in straight-razor shaves and beard maintenance.
Other services offered by the salon include professional manicures, pedicures, waxing, cuts, colors and perms.
Come see them Tuesday-Friday from 8:00am – 6:00pm or Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm.
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Central Ave. Cafe
Ribbon Cutting: September 23, 2014 – 11:00am
Who else has just been waiting for this moment? A brand new restaurant and coffee shop is coming to Downtown Laurel!
Nha Hoang is ready to expose the Laurel locals to a fabulous selection of popular asian foods such as Spring Rolls, Egg Rolls and Bubble Tea alongside a delicious array of sandwiches, smoothies and coffees.
Her focus on providing a relaxing, friendly atmosphere is sure to make for a wonderful breakfast and lunch spot right here in Downtown! Throw live music into the mix and you have the perfect lunchtime experience.
The cafe will open early at 7:30am – just in time to grab breakfast or coffee before heading into the office.
Central Ave Cafe will also be available for private parties and can provide catering for your events.
Come experience this new Laurel treasure Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 6pm.
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Opening: October 2014
We can’t wait to welcome Peddlers’ Junktion to downtown! Soon, they’ll be located near Bella Bella, Quarter Century and the new Studio R3 in the beautiful, historic shopping center on Carroll Gartin Blvd.
But, this is new! The entrance to Peddlers’ Junktion will be facing out toward the Blvd in a newly opened space with a brand new parking lot!
They’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday and will feature over 20 vendors with great finds from vintage gifts & decor to antiques, furniture, clothing and even custom made jewelry.
Visit them now at the current location at 127 S 15th Ave, then come see their beautiful new home in October.
Owner Elana Lawson and her husband, Tony, are excited to be moving closer to “all that is happening in Downtown Laurel” and we’re excited to have them!
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Opening: November 6, 2014
Holiday Open House: November 9, 2014
The Studio, an Aveda hair salon, is coming back home to Laurel in a new, slimmed-down version – Studio R3.
Studio R3 will be open three days per week on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays and will represent the well-loved salon’s new motto: “Repair. Restore. Renew.”.
The salon will soon call the space currently occupied by Quarter Century Clothing Store home, while QC will be moving next door.
“We’re really excited to be expanding,” guest services manager Savannah Smith says. “This new location will make a trip to our salon more convenient for all our clients who currently drive from Laurel and other nearby areas.”
Want to move your business to Downtown Laurel or have an idea for something new?
Get great information and make important connections through Laurel Main Street membership.
Want to update a building in Downtown? Apply for the LMS Facade Grant.