Niagara Street South has had empty storefronts for quite some time. It’s an issue Welland has been trying to remedy for years. It seems though, that the perfect storm has arrived with these spots filling up at a really great rate this winter.
We already covered the old Sleep Country storefront and its repurposing as BLX’s Phantom Gallery. ReChic Painted Furniture found great success since opening in spring at 1 Niagara St. (EDIT: ReChic has since moved to a new location on Broadway – congrats on the expansion!) Major renovations are in full force at at the old Bridge Pub, purportedly turning this piece of prime real estate into two new businesses – a home decor store and pub.
Last month, Lucas Spinosa announced his plans to open the Black Sheep Lounge in the space formerly known as Times Square Rocks nightclub next to his parents’ bakery, Spinosa’s Bakery. Many would agree this is just the kind of space Welland needs.
Lucas Spinosa of Black Sheep Lounge
The Black Sheep Lounge is a fresh and inexpensive alternative to the traditional Café/Snackbar. It will be focused on delivering an exceptional coffee in an art-centred environment. It will feature local acoustic acts, and artists of all kinds. Seating for 45-50 people, fully licensed, and furnished with lounge seating, traditional seating, and an internet bar.
Opening in Summer 2015!