A roundup of businesses making moves in Tallahassee

Every quarter commercial Realtor Brenda Francis compiles a newsletter on the latest scoops in local real estate. It includes what companies are coming to town and who is moving into what commercial spaces. Here is the November edition.

Mickey’s at Lake Ella has closed and KB Kitchen is moving in after some kitchen renovations. KB is an offshoot of Kool Beanz by Keith Baxter. They will be open Tuesday through Friday for lunch, with brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and open on Food Truck Thursday nights. The will also be available for private parties. I can’t wait!!! There’s no other greater place for lunch than under those oak trees at Lake Ella!

Vocelle’s Bridal Shoppe has opened in their new location at 1301 N. Monroe, on the corner of 6th Avenue, in the former location of the Gray Fox. Donald and Kristen Barstow purchased the 6,062 square foot building in February of this year and has moved from the corner of E. 6th and Thomasville Road.

Little Paris, a new French restaurant in Market Square, opened Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Photo: Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat, Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat)

Little Paris Cafe, 1355 Market St., a new French restaurant, is now open and receiving rave reviews. It is in the space previously occupied by Northside Pies on Market Street, McClellan’s before that and Anthony’s before it was McClellan’s. It attracts mostly women, or it did on the day that I was there, but there were a few men sitting outside on the patio area. It was a good day to sit outside.

Cigars of Tallahassee Lounge and Bar will be opening a new location in what is historically known as the Moon Building and more recently was the site of Lester & Company Fine Jewelry at 926 N Monroe. The building was purchased by the owners of Cigars of Tally, now on Market Street, for $745,000 in July of this year.

Half of the 4739-square-foot building will house the cigar shop and a bar and the other half will be offered for lease. The bar will offer beer & wine, soft drinks & coffee. There will be an area to smoke cigars and two private conference rooms for meeting rentals. They also provide offsite cigar bars (cigars only) for events such as weddings. They hope to be open by the end of this year.

Milano will be moving soon to a new location. Milano Pizzeria purchased the property at 2386 Allen Road in August for $210,000. The 1564-square-foot building was last used as a motorcycle shop and was Long John Silver’s before that. Milano Pizzeria will be open before the end of the year.

1309 Thomasville Road, on the SE corner of Thomasville Road and Sixth Avenue, and formerly known as E. C. Allen’s Mobile Home Industries headquarters, then sold to John H. Phipps Broadcasting in 1980, and has now been purchased by Ox Bottom Holdings: Tom Asbury, Behzad Ghazvini, and Jason Ghazvini. Tom Asbury also owned it with partners in 1992 and sold it to Tallahassee Memorial Medical Center, who has just sold it back to Asbury and his Ghazvini partners. They plan a complete renovation of the 28,443 square-foot-building with restaurant and retail space on the lower level and offices above.

Stone Age has found a new home in the old Yates Furniture Store building at 708 N. Monroe, last used for Midtown Rugs. Stone Age has been in the Centre of Tallahassee for years but had to vacate for the renovation of the state offices that will be moving in next year. The building is just over 7,000 square feet.

Conceptual rendering from Hoy Stark Architects that represents the retail building on Timberlane Road. Improvements are coming to the site and parking areas to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

(Photo: Courtesy Leon Capital Group)

Market Square, 1471 Timberlane Road: There is still not much visible happening in Market Square but still a lot of promises of what is to come. A La Provence is moving across the parking lot to what was Gordo’s location and expects to be open by Valentine’s Day, no doubt a big day for them.

Market Street Liquors is to move next to Tropical Smoothie and I understand some interior renovation of the firewalls, etc in the new space is being done. The plan is to demolish the building where Market Street Liquors and A La Provence are now to make way for a movie theater, which was out for lease months ago. I do think this will happen and we will all welcome the changes with open arms.

8 FIVE 0, an entertainment concept in the new Canopy PUD at Fleischmann Road and Crestline Road, is under pre-application review by the City of Tallahassee Planning Department. The project is the construction of a 43,650-square-foot entertainment facility and a 24,000-square-foot office/retail building totaling 67,650 square feet.

Capital Circle SE Free Standing Emergency Room has been approved for construction in Leon County on Orange Avenue and CCSE. The project will be one-story, 10,897-square-foot free standing emergency room, with entrances from both Orange Avenue and Capital Circle SE.

U-Haul Smart Mobility Center Planned Unit Development at 5050 W. Tennessee, has been approved by the City of Tallahassee. This project is in the old State Offices at W. Tennessee and Capital Circle SW, built in 1981-1992 as an outlet mall. U-Hall Company of Florida purchased the 269,749-square-foot in December 2017 for $6 million. The PUD Concept Plan submittal proposes the reuse of the existing structures to develop the U-Haul Smart Mobility Center, which will include general AC uses, research/innovation incubation, storage facilities, vehicle sharing, alternative fuel, and bicycle sales and service. According to the information submitted with their application, they will also offer truck sharing, car sharing, electric vehicle charging stations, alternative fuel stations, self-storage, bike sales and service opportunities and more.

The Southwood House is now known as The Ball House and Cottages at Southwood, 3255 Hemingway Blvd: In my last column I wrote about the SouthWood House and it seems I was in error about Ed Ball having built that house. Ed Ball did not build the house but he did live in it.

Brenda Francis, CCIM, is with Structure Commercial Real Estate in Tallahassee. Information for this report is obtained from sources deemed reliable, however, it is not a complete list and project plans may have changed before publication. If you want to sign up for her newsletter or know of a new business that should be spotlighted, email her at brenda@structureiq.net.

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