Sixth Street’s latest tenant is expected to open this month and commercial neighbors along the street hope it will draw even more crowds to the business district.
Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, the popular Galveston ice cream shop, is planning a July opening at its spot on Sixth Street once its gas service is set up, owner Mike Bouvier said.
The 2,500-square-foot Texas City space, 613 Sixth St., will include a retail shop and kitchen, outdoor patio and a park setting in the back of the shop, Bouvier said.
“We’re super excited to be here,” Bouvier said. “This is the first building we’ve been in that was really built out for us to make ice cream.”
The island brand will move its 1,200-square-foot commissary kitchen at 2627 Broadway in Galveston to the Texas City location, he said.
The property is owned by Texas City and the city offered generous incentives to get the ice cream shop into the space. The incentives are part of a wider plan to develop Sixth Street into a bustling downtown business district.
In January, Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream owners signed a contract with the Texas City Economic Development Corp. in which the city will cover about $315,000 in renovations to the building and offer subsidized rent to the ice cream shop owners. The lease grants an option to buy the property in about five years, according to the city.
The Bouviers will pay monthly rent of $543 for the 2,720-square-foot building until February of 2020, according to the contract. The rent will increase to $1,100 between 2020 and February 2023, and again to $2,000 until February 2028, according to the contract.
Hey Mikey’s owners must meet some conditions, including a requirement to hold insurance on the property.
“The city is fully invested in the downtown area,” Bouvier said. “Anytime they have a big event they try to keep it down in this area and drive people to our businesses.”
Elsewhere on Sixth Street, other businesses have opened in the past year, including eateries and places to grab a drink. Those additions have brought more foot traffic to Sixth Street, said Nancy House, vice president of the Galveston Art League, which last year opened a second gallery on Sixth Street near the Hey Mikey’s building.
The Downtown Cafe and Da Daiquiri Spot also draw business to the area at different times of the day, House said. Both opened locations on Sixth Street last year.
“The cafe seems to be busy every time I stop by,” House said.