Retail shops are opening for business at a steady clip here in town, the latest being Terrazza Church Square, a gallery featuring fine arts and crafts created by North American artisans, in the corner spot next to The Clift Collection. With the addition of Terrazza, all 14 storefronts in Church Square currently are filled with paying renters, ready to do business. The shop that holds the record for longevity is, of course, E.A. Davis, at its Washington St. location since the early 1920s. You can find a list of all stores in that area here.
When I stopped in, Terrazza was brimming with an autumnal feel and some tasteful Halloween decor (no blood-dripping, wild-eyed mannequins here), along with hand-crafted jewelry, blown glass items, serving pieces, hand-carved wooden bowls and utensils, and more. For now, some shoppers wander in and wonder if the The Gifted Hand has come back to life. Those comments should subside once the owner replaces the old sign with the new and handcrafts the shop’s identity, one customer at a time.
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