Momentum at 16 West Marketplace in downtown Roanoke has been slowly growing since the center opened a couple of years ago.
Already home to a coffee shop, grocery store, pizzeria, chiropractor, art studios and gym, the Church Avenue marketplace is getting ready to welcome four more businesses, which will open in four of the five stalls along the right side of the marketplace.
They are the Noke Truck food truck, which plans to open a small kitchen; Sacred Beauty Boutique, selling jewelry, clothing and art; Compact Footprint, providing consulting and products for a sustainable lifestyle; and Fluff and Stuff Zoo, which among other services will allow children to create a stuffed animal.
Aaron Garland, who manages leasing for the property, believes the marketplace is attracting more businesses because it has established itself as a destination for downtown workers seeking coffee or lunch. The recent addition of the River Laker Cultural Center, which puts on artistic events, has drawn a night crowd from outside downtown, Garland said.
CORE Chiropractic, the Fleda Ring art studio and RAC Xpress, a gym located on the mezzanine, were the first to open. Garland’s father, John Garland, and three business partners bought and renovated the old S&W Cafeteria several years ago.
The coffee shop, now under different ownership and renamed The Little Green Hive, was next to open, followed by downtown Roanoke’s first grocery store, S&W Market, about a year ago. The Learning Source, a teacher supply store, opened in a stall in December and Healing Touch Studios, which offers massage therapy, opened in March followed in April by pizzeria Cork and Crust.
By the end of the year the building will be bustling with even more activity.
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