Business Boom

John McHenryTucker is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising business destinations in the Metro Atlanta area.  Each month, the Business Boom will seek to show different examples of how Tucker’s business scene is flourishing.

The northern end of Main Street Tucker has recently experienced a resurgence of activity with several new tenants, some great retail and food options, along with the renovation of a long-time dilapidated building.

Starting across from Tucker Animal Hospital at 5001 Lavista Road, Georgia Gifts & More sells Georgia-themed items including gift baskets, foods, souvenirs and wedding favors. Started in 2008 as a home-based business, they recently relocated from Doraville to Tucker. Owner Daren Gayle told me, “We chose Tucker because we like the City. The people are very welcoming with great visibility and easy access off Lavista Road.”

North Main StreetThe next property to the east was a property that experienced a substantial renovation at a gateway location. On December 1, Infinite Realities opened at 5007 Lavista Road with a dynamic offering of comics and games. Co-owner Chris Brennaman stated, “We chose Tucker because of the strong sense of community. Having this level of local engagement was essential to our business model. We’re excited with the direction that Tucker’s leadership is taking the City and want to be an integral part of that vision.”

Heading further east on Lynburn Drive, you can grab a cup of joe and delicious pastries at The Corner Cup at 2380 Main Street. It is a community-based coffee shop that offers fresh baked goods and locally roasted coffee beans that come from Nicaragua. The business started with a successful store at Lawrenceville Highway and McLendon Drive right inside the Perimeter. As co-owner Rich Lavery shared, “We chose Tucker because we saw the amazing things that the City has done in such a short period of time. We believe the vision of the City fits perfectly with our goal of creating a space where people can gather, have a cup of coffee and maybe make a new friend or two.”

Rounding it out on Main Street is a new kind of therapy practice, Perspectives Center for Holistic Therapy, which relocated from Decatur to 2370 Main Street. This practice offers innovative approaches to happy, healthy living for all ages through a wide range of services that includes counseling, speech therapy, parenting coaching, social skills training, nutritional support and free workshops. Owner Laurie Patrice says, “Perspectives has found its ideal home on Main Street in Tucker. We love our renovated offices that we were able to design to meet the specific needs of both adults and children. It’s so fun to be able to walk to the shops and restaurants nearby and our clients love it. We are delighted by the strength and openness of this community.”

This influx of business is happening in just one small corner of our downtown area. And in a very short time! I’m excited for everyone to see the continued economic growth of our downtown area as we go through 2019.

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