DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Effort is underway in downtown Decatur and some say this is the beginning of a business boom.
Downtown Decatur once the center of Commerce for the River City, but recent financial struggles left vacant buildings and empty dreams.
Now, hope is again on the horizon. The north Alabama Center For The Arts is rising from the earth and new shops are moving in.
The loft is a full beauty salon, located on 2nd for about a year.
"We love this location. We wanted this location initially, but there was nothing available."
"We're so happy up here," said loft owner Florence Caudle.
Last July Diva's Doodlebug and Debutantes moved in.
"We absolutely love it. We were at a small location out in the county and just felt like we needed to be on 2nd Ave." I've seen a lot more younger couples coming and shopping in this area and eating in this area," said Brigid Steed, owner of Diva's Doodlebugs and Debutantes.
New shops, new stores there are several new shops coming to Second Avenue. Maria Bonita may be gone, but The Patio on 2nd is coming soon.
"My grandmother used to say that this was the place to be that you would walk up and down the streets at night it wouldn't be anything to see crowded streets of people window shopping and it feels like there is a rejuvenation here things are getting better here," said Adam Gilbert, Patio On 2nd owner.
City leaders hope the excitement spreads and the area once again becomes a treasure for trade and a prize for deep pocketed patrons.
The Patio On 2nd is expected to open in 3 to 4 weeks.