Submitted by Gerry Clare
Pet Resort and Spa- Attention animal lovers. Hot Paws on 8th Street is expanding. Owner Octavio Martinez has purchased the adjoining property and plans to add this to his already popular grooming, boarding and daycare business. As he well knows (see picture of him with his Giant Schnauzer, Zorro), people here love their pets and are passionate about their care. He and his staff take time when checking in their clients to define their care and grooming choices. He also has recently done a modern remodel of the original business. So, watch for this exciting addition to the area. See www.hotpaws.org for their website or call 277-3075 for an appointment.
Lori+lulu is coming to Centre Street- Looking for a “contemporary California casual line of clothing” with most the brands made in the USA. Look no further than this new shop with styles to appeal to “moms, grandmothers, and daughters.” Lori and John Lecker, the owners will be opening shop on the east side of the pocket park in Centre Street near the coffee shop and in the Three Star Saloon Building sometime in May. John Gorham Construction will soon be doing the remodel and Diane Belanger, the interior design. Some of the hot brands they will be carrying are Jbrown, AGDenim, Alice & Trixie’s, Ella Moss and Bella Dahl. Also, look for some designer labels like Three Dots, “Miracle Jeans”(Oprah’s favorite things and Judy P, Mod-o-doc, and Barbara Lesser.
Lori and John have lots of experience over the last 25 years, working with United Colors of Benetton and owning five stores in Charlotte, Charleston, Raleigh and Washington, DC. However, Lori was born in Jacksonville and her parents and grandparents have been coming here for vacations for many years and retired here. The Leckers have actually lived here for 10 years, and are looking forward to opening their latest venture here. And the name? Lulu was their beloved bijon frise who passed away in June. Contact Lori at [email protected] for more information.
Pizza Hut remodel on A1A- You have probably noticed the old Pizza Hut construction on and I was told by the crew that this will be an Enterprise Rental Car operation when completed.
Arte’s Pizza at Alachua & Third is still busy serving pizza, Italian food and beer and wine while expanding on the corner to be able to serve more hungry customers.
The Journey Church – You may also have noticed that the parking lot by the Journey Church on Sadler was empty this past Easter Sunday. That is because the new church opened off Island across from Winn-Dixie on Amelia Concourse just north of North Hampton. Photo right bottom.
Editor’s Note: Gerry began free lance writing for fun and is the author of a published book (available on Amazon and at Books Plus) about funny real estate experiences. Gerry is a longtime member of our local American Business Women’s Chapter, a volunteer cancer driver and church deacon who loves to read, travel and meet interesting people.
April 2, 2013 3:30 p.m.