Spring brings movement in Avondale retail

Spring brings movement in Avondale retail
In the Shoppes of Avondale, Open Road Bicycles remains open for business during exterior and interior work.

Just as change occurs in spring, a retirement leads the news in Avondale. Cowford Traders owner Deb Fewell, who has been providing unique local gifts and jewelry since 2003, is charting a different course in life. She shared an exclusive bittersweet announcement with The Resident.

“We have loved every minute of serving the Avondale and greater Jacksonville community but the time has come for our family to enjoy the next chapter of our lives,” said Fewell. “Though we are closing, our family and staff encourage our customers to continue shopping locally.”

Beginning March 1, all items in the store will be marked down 50 percent. The store will remain open until March 24, or until all items are sold. Fewell said the Cowford Traders Facebook page will provide inventory updates.

New businesses for Shoppes of Avondale

Across the street at 3562 St. Johns Ave., Endurance House opened its doors in the former Avondale Artworks space, which had been vacant since April 2014. Owner Daniel Wilson is renting 2,400 square feet of space to provide one-stop shopping for endurance athletes as well as the aspiring young athlete.

Meanwhile, construction has been seen on the roof and soffit of the building that housed the former Ooh La La Nail Spa, and currently, Open Road Bicycles. The former nail spa space will now be occupied by Le Macaron, a French pastry shop.

According to Holt Tucker, owner of Open Road, while the landlord is sprucing up the exterior of the two shops, Tucker is putting in new fixtures and new carpet inside the bike shop.

“They [the construction crew] have been great, helping us to stay accessible to our customers while they are working on the building,” said Tucker. Open Road will get fresh paint on the façade and a new sign. The project should be complete within a month.

New landlord on King Street

Rettner Realty, of New York, recently bought the property where the Blind Rabbit leases space, from 901 King Street LLC for $1.3 million. The former owner, a company in Palm Valley, previously bought the property in 2005 for $392,000.

The almost triangular-shaped property includes four storefronts: The Blind Rabbit, Razor’s Edge Barbershop, a vacant space where Droubi’s Café and Sweets formerly operated, and Old School Electric Tattoo.

Rettner has bought several buildings in Jacksonville, including the property at 1620-1636 Hendricks Ave., which won a San Marco Preservation Society beautification award after renovations.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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