As 2019 approaches, Downtown DeFuniak Springs is buzzing with the anticipation of new businesses and restaurants coming to the downtown area. There have been some recent openings and there will be more to come in the new year! Along with the new businesses, some of the historic buildings are being restored and will soon be ready to welcome new shops, restaurants, or offices and we can’t wait to see what this may bring to our Downtown.
Tony Vallee, of McWhorter Vallee Design, just opened an office in the former Main Street office. Vallee is the architect responsible for the recent restoration and design of the Historic Buildings on Baldwin Avenue. His work on the Baldwin Avenue building recently won a merit award of excellence in Historic Preservation & Restoration. The Vallee office is full of architect and design literature and display models along its bookshelves. If you get the chance, pop in, say hey, and take a gander. We are proud to welcome Tony to the Downtown family!
Across from Enforcement Firearms is the recently opened RJ’s Stamps and Collectibles owned and operated by Joan and Rudy Sangle. Mr. Rudy is a retired military veteran and together they have spent their time travelling before deciding to settle down in DeFuniak Springs. Their shop has a vast array of antiques and collectibles. We are happy to have them!
Not exactly a new comer, but The Busy Bee Café has reopened after undergoing renovations and a change of management. The menu has a host of delicious options from soups, salads, sandwiches to deep fried chicken dinners. They are open most days and their updated hours can be found on Google.
Amanda Bierbaum is opening Soiree, a store that will provide the area with formal and informal party supplies, wedding rentals, linens, balloons and more! Soiree will be located in the old bank building, beside Vault 46. Amanda has lived in DeFuniak Springs for 11 years and is married to a DeFuniak Springs native. She hopes to have the store open by February 1, 2019.
Rollout Sushi and Such will be growing the list of Downtown restaurants in DeFuniak Springs. The owners, originally from the DFS area, will provide a dining option currently unavailable in the DeFuniak Springs area: the first real sushi bar! They plan to specialize in carry out during the day and casual dining in the evening. Updates on the restaurants renovations and opening are posted on the Rollout Sushi and Such Facebook page.
New + Old
There are those who like to refer to DeFuniak Springs as a “sleepy” little town, but if that’s true (and we would argue that it is not) we think that is changing. Fresh business and renovation come with an energy that is an effective alarm clock to any community. Along with our excitement for the incoming shops and businesses, we can take a moment to appreciate what we already have. Our current downtown store and business owners offer a host of unique products and events. They work together to provide this town with rich experiences and we love them for it. Main Street DeFuniak Springs is excited to cherish the old and welcome the new year and new ventures!