Gastonia downtown business leaders expect growth in 2022


Executive Chef Ryan Allen works on a special pimento cheese dish during lunch at Barrister’s inside the Esquire Hotel in Gastonia, N.C., on Sept. 3, 2021. The restaurant, located at 168 W. Main Ave., plans to provide event rental spaces, offer more monthly classes and include a rooftop bar in its 2022 plans. (Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette via AP)


Gastonia’s downtown business leaders expect the new year to bring even more opportunities for growth to the city’s Main Avenue corridor.

Restaurant owners are considering wine pairing events and expanded menus while other business owners say more services at their shops will draw more foot traffic downtown.


“We want people to embrace what downtown Gastonia can be,” said Joy Dixon, the general manager of Barrister’s, the restaurant inside the Esquire hotel on Gastonia’s Main Avenue.

The restaurant, located at 168 W.

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“Because of what it represents — opportunities, advancements,” said Ibjar Meneses, the owner of Dos Eses Delicious Tamales, who opened his restaurant in June. He says it’s wild that 13 new businesses have opened or relocated downtown this year. “Obviously, where there are businesses, it helps to get the economy flowing.”

“Business is booming is Downtown Rutland right now,” said Nikki Hindman, executive director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership. She says the push to shop local and the pandemic is creating a springboard for some. “Younger business owners or potential business owners that have decided after the pandemic, they want to do what they are passionate about and they are ready to take that risk right now.”


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However, today it looks a little different. Albuqeurque is now a service stop for Amtrak with passengers having layovers in the city for nearly an hour, according to Amtrak.

“That is a gift to the city. It’s a gift that they never opened,” said Patricia Hoech, owner of Patricia Designs. She is a long-time downtown business owner but for her, today’s stopover doesn’t offer what it once did.

“You get off at the train and it’s this barren, unwelcoming, uninviting,” Hoech said. She and other downtown businesses want to welcome Amtrak passengers. Some are looking for something

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“We understand that not everyone who wants to invest in downtown properties can get to us during business hours. So we said our job is to develop downtown, get things on the tax role and get businesses started.

The Wichita Falls Downtown Development ‘Opportunity Tour’ kicked off on Saturday.

“Our two targets right now are residential which supports services. So your dry cleaners and grocery stores anything that you would need then retail,” said Jana Schmader Executive Director of Wichita Falls Downtown Development.

This tour showcased a building along downtown’s Ohio Avenue that has been divided into two separate suites.

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