What's new on the Douglass Loop?
New restaurants and high-concept businesses are part of the changing face of the Douglas Loop.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is the changing face of Douglass Loop: several new businesses have opened there recently with more to come.
Demolition is in the final stages of the old ear X-tacy building, soon to be replaced by a new CVS store.
And there is a new restaurant which opened in January and a wine shop that also opened recently.
"It's unique, it's an old area that has become new again," said Eric Morris, one of several partners who opened Loop 22 Restaurant earlier this year after checking out the neighborhood.
"We came and checked it out," said Morris, "and walking around and going to Heine Brothers down the street, and sitting and drinking some coffee, we just watched what was going on in the area and it was busy and we liked that."
Morris says after the cold winter, spring has meant an increase in business and he's looking forward to big crowds during Derby week.
"Starting on Monday we are launching a whole new spring menu," he explained, "utilizing as many fresh products as we can and buying directly from local farmers as well."
Just down the block six weeks ago, Marc Demichele opened Vines and Canines, a wine shop where the sign outside says you can sit, stay and sip with your dog.
"It's a pretty unique concept, we are a small production retail wine store," said Demichele, "we are dog friendly, there are not too many places you can go with your dog in in town and you are welcome here to bring your four-legged buddy and have a little glass of wine with us."
Demichele moved his store here from Frankfort Avenue and so far, so good.
"The neighborhood has really welcomed us into the Highlands," he said, "there is so much going on with the Douglass Loop, the Great Flood Brewing Company opening up recently, there is just a great revitalization going on here."
Several other merchants we spoke with are concerned about a lack of parking around the area.
But others say for now it is just a case of growing pains.
Everyone around the street is waiting to see what impact the CVS will have when it opens in the fall.
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