Sixth sense: Businesswoman Georgia Meyer likes the way Texas City’s Sixth Street is shaping up.
So much so, she’s getting in on the ground floor of the street’s promising redevelopment by renovating a building at 811 Sixth St. N. that’s more than 100 years old.
Meyer, who with Bonnie Baty owns the popular Karat Creations Jewelry, 3228 13th Ave. N., in Texas City, plans to renovate the top floor, adding lofts.
But first, she’ll restore and improve the 11,000-square-foot bottom floor and lure new tenants to the building that already is home to Mainland Pharmacy, Friendly Loan Service and Dr. Avelina S. Dimaandal pediatrics office.
Meyer and Baty also plan to move Karat Creations Jewelry to the building. Sydney’s Boutique, 2809 Palmer Highway, in Texas City, also will move into the building. And a hair salon and day spa will move in, Meyer said.
Meyer said she intends for the collections of stores and services to attract shoppers and become a destination.
The upstairs at one time was a hotel, but has been closed about 40 years, Meyer said.
Crews have been busy painting and sprucing up the property. When the work is complete, the stores will open onto Sixth Street again, Meyer said. The building, dating to about 1913, also will get new awnings and new windows, among other improvements.
The new tenants, including Karat Creations, are expected to be in by late summer, Meyer said.
A couple of years ago, Meyers told Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle that if anyone developed loft apartments on Sixth Street, she’d be interested in buying one. She decided to develop her own when the building came up for sale. With the aid of a flashlight, she got a look at the upstairs.
“I fell in love,” she said.
Texas City has invested millions of dollars in infrastructure to lure shops to the street, that, in its heyday, was the city’s retail center. The investment also is meant to retain businesses already there.
Newer shops and services on Sixth Street include El Cubano Cigars at 520 Sixth St. N. and antique shop Timeless Treasures, 524 Sixth Street. And in several weeks, developer Scott Arnold plans to open his new outdoor bar, America’s Icehouse.
Getting Fresh: In a sign higher-end and specialty grocers are beginning to take notice of the area, The Fresh Market is planning a Wednesday opening of its newest store, 1519 W. Bay Area Blvd. in the Baybrook Village shopping center.
Craig Carlock, The Fresh Market’s president and CEO, describes the store’s atmosphere as reminiscent of European markets. Contributing to the ambience are such details as classical music, the scent of fresh brewed coffee and baked bread, soft lighting and antique décor, he said.
The 26,400-square-foot store will include a bakery that produces 30 types of bread and 14 pie varieties, a full-service meat counter, ready-to-serve entrees, fresh seafood and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, along with a bountiful produce department, with 400 items, including organic selections.
Doors open at 7 a.m. Wednesday and festivities will include chef demonstrations, food samples and gift card drawings.
The Fresh Market is finding competition in the Houston-area market to be a bit bruising.
Less than a year after opening a River Oaks store at Wesleyan and Westheimer, the grocer in March announced it would close the location, which happened to be near H-E-B’s highly successful Central Market concept.
Preview of plans? An interesting rumor is making the rounds that Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill, which pioneered the concept of a restaurant/movie theater, is considering a site next to the soon-to-open Buc-ee’s, Interstate 45 and Holland Road.
That’s interesting, because Studio Movie Grill more than a year ago said it would build a $9 million, 12-screen movie theater on a 6-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Interstate 45 and Victory Lakes Drive in League City.
Alas, real estate negotiations bogged down in the League City deal. Texas City officials weren’t immediately available for comment. Stay tuned.