Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 9, 2012

What's up downtown?

TRAVERSE CITY — A sampling of some recent changes in the downtown business landscape:

-- As part of the new Hagerty building on Lake Street, two new businesses will open soon. Morsels is partnering with Hagerty to open Cavellino Cafe, a 1,700-square-foot Italian-oriented eatery featuring coffees, sandwiches, salads and soups slated for a late December or early January opening. Also anticipating a "soft" opening this week, the 3,800-square-foot Ironworks gym will first be limited to serving Hagerty employees, with the eventual expectation that it will open to the public.

Including space for the businesses was required as part of Hagerty's project approval, but Hagerty CEO and president McKeel Hagerty said it also makes sense.

"It's a natural evolution of a growing business," Hagerty said. "We're more than happy to provide that kind of space to local partners who want to grow their business and make it available to the public."

n Jack's Market on East Front has been sold to Jonas on Front LLC. DDA deputy director Rob Bagicalupi said Jonas recently obtained a liquor license.

"We're still trying to finalize things right now," said Gary Jonas, adding that more details will be ready in January. "There's going to be some sort of food truck element to it, there will be a bar, there will be food in the bar, as well.

"We're really excited about it."

-- Downtown's Front Street Commons, formerly known as The Arcade, has seen a shift in the mix of businesses operating there. Traverse Development office manager Rene Vandekerkhof said that Foiled Hair Lounge and Studio has opened on the second floor where Collective Ink tattoo used to be.

CoWharf casual co-working space has opened where Hocus Pocus was, providing "a casual coworking space" for freelancers, entrepreneurs, writers and others to use desk space and wi-fi with day passes and monthly memberships, according to its website.

Laurie Wildman has taken a three-month lease on space at the back of the first floor. She'll offer upscale designer vintage and resale pieces along with her own fashion designs, Vandekerkhof said.

Also on the main floor, the space recently vacated by So Many Books, So Little Time remains available for rent. Art & Soul Gallery was considering expanding its current store into the space, "but it's not good timing for her, so it's listed," said Vandekerkhof.

Gloria Veltman, who owned and operated So Many Books for 17 years, said "it was just time" to close.

"It was a combination of factors," she said. "The e-books are definitely a growing presence in our world. And it was the working five to six days a week. There are other things I wanted to do."

Veltman continues to sell collectible books at and at Wilson Antiques in Acme.

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