Commercial Street gets facelift; paint makes all the difference

The east end of Commercial Street received a slight facelift last week. Linda Roundtree, owner of Station 30 Collectibles, and her husband, Andy, applying a fresh coat of paint to the buildings on the north side of the street.
 New colors were chosen for business fronts that have given the area a fresh, new look.
 “We are just trying to give it a little love,” Roundtree said.
 Ladders and painting equipment were strewn along the sidewalk on Wednesday, May 4 as the two painstakingly applied the new coats of paint. The storefronts haven’t been repainted in 10 years, Linda stating that it was time to switch to new colors and an updated look.
 Colors include a combination of taupe, seafoam green and black accents. Other buildings will be painted in various colors.
Currently, there is a red brick-colored storefront next door to Station 30 where Franny’s Smokin’ BBQ, a mobile food truck, plans to put a permanent building. The business will be located on the ground floor with an apartment on the second floor. 
 In addition, the building on the south side of the street, will eventually receive new paint as well. The previous business, The Bargain Center, located next to the quilt store, recently closed its doors and Linda will be moving some of her overflow merchandise to that building. 
 However, it is earmarked for new vendors, Linda offering some new ideas that are sure to attract customers.
 “Station 30 has rented that building since The Bargain Center went out,” she said. “It will be Station 30’s warehouse or a general store. I have an anchor coming in already with western tac and art, furniture and antiques. Eventually, we would like to have a little homegrown florist that does plants and garden flowers and succulents and then we would eventually put in a little place where you could stop in and buy homemade sandwiches and salads. One of our vendors has a beer and wine license, so we are looking at maybe doing a little wine bar and have a cooler where you could come in and buy a beer to take with you. There would be a selection of different types of beers.”
 Local photographer and chef, Keith Bryant, will manage the building, according to Linda.
 “The building will eventually get repainted under VIBE (Visually Improving the Business Environment),” she added. “We are going to have a yard sale of some sort this summer and raise money to buy some paint so that if other businesses need paint, we have paint available if they want to repaint their buildings.”
 According to Linda, there are plans for the empty lot on the southeast corner of Commercial and State Streets, near the train depot, that may include a waterpark.
“We have done some drawings; the mayor and some of the city councilmembers have seen them, but only time will tell,” she said.


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