LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many business owners believe the historic Germantown neighborhood has the potential to become the next Highlands.

"It's an up-and-coming neighborhood with a lot of cool stuff happening," said Brian Holton, owner of Monnik Beer Company.

The restaurant/brewery is one of several new businesses popping up in Germantown.

Holton said he wanted to be in close proximity to the Highlands, without the Highlands price tag.

"There was a period of time when it was definitely transitional -- where the streets weren't very nice -- but it's just making a big turnaround," said Holton.

JB Cakes is also new to the area. The owner said opening in Germantown was a pretty sweet deal.

"The bakery loves this," said owner Jared Langdon. "The baker doesn't have a lot of competition in the area."

But it will have some new neighbors coming soon.

"Across the street, from what we hear, it's a different rendition of the BBC called the Craft House coming," Langdon explained. "The people that own the Silver Dollar have purchased this spot 'Polly's.'"

Check's Cafe has been a staple in Germantown since 1939.

"My grandpa was here, my dad and now me," said Check’s owner John Murrow

The owner is happy more businesses are finally catching on to what the neighborhood has to offer.

"I love it -- I think it's great," Murrow said. "The more businesses in here, the more people, the more exposure. It just makes for a great atmosphere."

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