Four business districts: Go from CollegeTown cool to booming Bannerman | Living Here 2019
It's amazing how much has changed in a year if you take a look around Tallahassee's business sector.
2020年欧冠赛程表Overall, many businesses and innovators are finding their sweet spot by offering niche attractions, delicious food and cutting-edge technologies. Drive around town, and you'll see the changes.
Returning residents often marvel at what's taken place. Here's a snapshot of four existing and evolving areas that are reshaping how people enjoy and brag about their beloved Tallahassee.
1. Bannerman Crossing
This area has something for everyone, especially families. It's easy to spend a day at Bannerman Crossing, exploring and popping in and out of its three dozen stores, businesses and restaurants.
Babies and toddlers beat lollipop drums, dance and make noise with shakers at Verity Health Chiropractic music therapy class. Want to work out? There's American Fitness and Hot Yoga Tallahassee. Boutiques like Silver Lining Boutique, Lucky & Charmed and ooh la la Boutique2020年欧冠赛程表 are stocked with darling finds.
The eats are tempting, too. Bannerman Crossing boasts landmark and upscale restaurants, like Mom and Dad's Italian Restaurant and Blue Halo. Or more relaxed fare at the Wharf Casual Seafood2020年欧冠赛程表 and Moe's Southwest Grill.
One of the more exciting new additions is Hangar 382020年欧冠赛程表, a video arcade and restaurant rolled into one collision of flashing lights, dings and beeps. Think Dave & Busters, Tallahassee style.
The shopping plaza is located on the corner of Thomasville and Bannerman roads. It's grown considerably since Walgreens was its first tenant in 2005. By 2020, the first wave of upscale homes and townhouses will round out the residential side of this mixed-use concept.
2020年欧冠赛程表This is let loose territory. College students and young adults swarm the CollegeTown area for its vibrant bar and restaurant scene and night life.
Some of the most popular hots spots include: The Wilbury, a bar and music venue that lands local and national acts; the Warhorse and the Township. Smack in the middle of Recess Club2020年欧冠赛程表, a South Beach-esque bar, is a pool where you can take in the city's skyline overlooking Doak Campbell Stadium.
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CollegeTown is home to FNBP — the Friday Night Block Party during football season. Epic tailgating ensues within walking distance of high-rise apartments on and around Gaines Street and the CollegeTown entertainment district.
Restaurants like Madison Social and Tin Lizzy's Cantina come alive during football season. Other spots for good eats include Coosh's, Little Masa for your Asian fusion favorites and Magda's for hand-scooped ice cream and savory bites.
2020年欧冠赛程表If you want a taste of the cool kid life, CollegeTown won't disappoint.
3. Innovation Park
Robust research and advanced technology is the cornerstone of Innovation Park.
It's home to three dozen groundbreaking companies and university-driven institutions pushing the boundaries of science. Chief among them is the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
2020年欧冠赛程表Locals affectionately called it the MagLab. A simple moniker, yes. But more than 1,000 scientists flock to the MagLab to test their theories.
2020年欧冠赛程表The MagLab is Disneyland for researchers. Instead of Mickey Mouse, the preeminent lab has dozens of magnets flexing record-breaking muscle and a budding economic ecosystem that's setting the stage to attract businesses and innovations tied to the magnetic field.
The Mag Lab, with its $182 million economic impact nationally and $121 million in Florida, is projected to generate more than 25,000 jobs and have a $2.4 billion economic impact.
Danfoss Turbocor — the world's leading producer of energy-saving compressors — employs 25,000 people in more than 100 countries. It chose Tallahassee because of the MagLab. Within less than a decade, its workforce here swelled from 30 to 200 employees representing two dozen countries.
Another notable nod goes to FSU's High-Performance Materials Institute. Here a specialized, next-generation foam was developed. The U.S. Department of Veterans was initially interested in this foam for more comfortable prosthetics, said Gary Ostrander, FSU's vice-president for research, said in a recent column.
2020年欧冠赛程表"It also turned out to have some commercial applications because it has the novel property of expanding on impact," he said.
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The South Monroe Street corridor is a two-sided coin. Areas closest to the Capitol are seeing radical shifts while much of the heavily traveled thoroughfare appears frozen in time.
2020年欧冠赛程表The immediate area is also poised for an estimated $7-million infrastructure improvements, including medians from FAMU Way and Oakland Avenue to Magnolia Avenue. Sidewalks are getting a boost, along with lighting, landscaping and more place-making signs.
There's no question, though, this stretch of Tallahassee is growing. A TLH outdoor statue is perched on the edge of the Cascades Bridge. It was crowned one of the most "Instagrammable" images of the capital city by Visit Tallahassee.
Walkers stroll and bikers zip across the canopy-covered bridge connecting Cascades Park, Tallahassee's Central Park built from the ashes of a polluted brownfield, to the south side.
New businesses are moving in or have relocated. Proof Brewing Co. — Tallahassee's first and largest brewery — jumped from Railroad Square Park to roomier digs in the former Coca Cola bottling plant earlier this year.
Across the street in a former gas station, Happy Motoring is a bar and food truck hub next door to landmark Shell Oyster Bar2020年欧冠赛程表. It's an example of the old and new businesses creating an eclectic offering in an area dubbed by some as "SoMo."
2020年欧冠赛程表Some of Tallahassee's favorite restaurants remain a fixture.
Olean’s Cafe on South Adams Street serves comfort and soul food and gets the occasional drop in from political powerhouses like former Vice President Joe Biden, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Over on South Monroe, Earley’s Kitchen has been dishing up breakfast and country cooking for 30 years.