Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

I can't believe that a year ago I was frantically packing up all of my merchandise, at Mad Hatter General Store's first location in Palm Harbor, to occupy a historic building on Tarpon Avenue. When I first peeked through the large glass windows, this is what I saw...

...and said to myself, "I have to have that space!"

When I look back at the photos I took prior to moving in, I realize how many improvements the City Of Tarpon Springs has made to our downtown. Things were looking a little bleak back then...
The addition of planters, benches, flags, and new street-scaping has really jazzed up our little downtown!

It wasn't long before that empty space was full of merchandise...

and window displays enticed passing traffic to come in a take a look.

The hard working Merchant's Association put together some great events, and the street swelled with people...

I love Tarpon Avenue at night! I wish the street was closed to traffic on Friday and Saturday nights, to create a safe, family friendly downtown.

I'd like to welcome Mamma Lane's Coffee to the neighborhood! Their coffee bar is now open and offers a full coffee menu, smoothies,  pastries and yummy baked goods that they have flown in from around the country. They will sell yarn & offer knitting classes soon. What a great concept!

In the past year we've seen a few new businesses open their doors. Zante's Boutique and Pack n' Ship are new to the mix. Currents is now open for lunch, which really makes me happy :  ) Nana's Meatloaf....Mmmmmmmm. 

It's been a fast a furious year and I'm ready for the next!

 Don't know about you, but I'm here for the long haul.