As new businesses move in, owners are hoping for a Barrett Avenue resurgence in 2022

Barrett Avenue business owners hope the New Year will continue to breathe new life into the revitalization of The Strip. Vintage boutique Nitty Gritty has been in their Barrett Avenue store for 22 years. “It’s pretty exciting,” said director Amy Kunzler. “We’re kind of the flagship business in the neighborhood. We had a lot of really fun stores around here. When Lynn’s closed it kind of killed the neighborhood.” Lynn’s Paradise Cafe closed in 2013 and around that time, Kunzler said she saw many owners of neighboring businesses going out of business. “When Linz closed, some of the companies that moved asked if we wanted to move downtown for them and we said ‘No’,” Kunzler said. “We have hung on and have seen a lot of changes but things are coming back.” Almost 10 years later, new life has reappeared on the Strip. Glow Worm Play Cafe opened at the end of November a few doors down from Nitty Gritty. “I need to help revitalize this neighborhood. I used to shop at Nitty Gritty as a teenager. I spent so much time on Barrett Avenue. So much time in the Highlands and I love this neighborhood and I love this gang. “Read said she hopes parents and kids who come to her business will like her too. Glow Worm Play Cafe is, as Read explains, a concept unique that allows it to be a sanctuary for parents and children as it allows parents to watch their children play while being able to have coffee or a pastry.Read thinks this fits the innovative nature of the Strip businesses. “I think people don’t realize what happened last year here,” Read said. With the New Year upon us, business owners are hopeful that the neighborhood’s resurgence can continue. “If we could do some more fun business in some of the places open here and maybe start hosting neighborhood events,” Kunzler said. “I want this to be a hallway that people think will come shopping, eat, just have a mini bunch of really really awesome unique businesses, small businesses, all locally owned and somewhere they can just park and walk around. all over the strip and just do a bunch of shops, eat something, have a beer, we have a bunch of vegan stores, so we really have something for everyone, it’s really amazing, ”Read said. A new “Big, Bad, Breakfast” business is slated to open on the Strip.

Barrett Avenue business owners hope the New Year will continue to breathe new life into the revitalization of The Strip.

Vintage boutique Nitty Gritty has been in their Barrett Avenue store for 22 years.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said manager Amy Kunzler. “We are in a way the flagship company of the neighborhood. We had a lot of really fun stores around here. When Lynn’s [Lynn’s Paradise Cafe] closed it really kind of killed the neighborhood. “

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe closed in 2013, and around this time Kunzler said he saw many owners of neighboring businesses shutting down.

“When Linz closed, some of the companies that moved asked us if we wanted to move downtown for them and we said ‘No’,” Kunzler said. “We’ve hung on and seen a lot of changes, but things are coming back.”

Almost 10 years later, new life has reappeared on the Strip. Glow Worm Play Cafe opened in late November just steps from Nitty Gritty.

“I just felt like I had to help bring this back,” said Katie Read, owner of Glow Worm Play Cafe. “I need to help revitalize this neighborhood. I used to shop at Nitty Gritty as a teenager. I spent so much time on Barrett Avenue. So much time in the Highlands and I love this neighborhood and I love this neighborhood. “

Read said she hopes parents and children who come to her business will like her too.

Glow Worm Play Cafe is, as Read explains, a unique concept that allows it to be a sanctuary for parents and children as it allows parents to watch their children play while being able to have a coffee or a pastry.

Read thinks this matches the innovative nature of businesses on The Strip.

“I think people don’t realize what happened last year here,” Read said.

With the new year approaching, business owners are hopeful that the neighborhood’s resurgence can continue.

“If we could get some more fun deals in some of the places open here and maybe start hosting some neighborhood events,” Kunzler said.

“I want this to be a hallway that people think they’ll come shopping, eat, just have a mini bunch of really really awesome unique businesses, small businesses, all locally owned and somewhere they can just hang out. park and walk the whole strip and go to a bunch of stores, eat something, have a beer, we have a bunch of vegan stores so we really have something for everyone, it’s really amazing ”, a said Read.

A new “Big, Bad, Breakfast” business is slated to open on the Strip.