GALLIPOLIS — The Downtown Revitalization Project held its “Trending” event Tuesday evening in the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Hall Banquet Room to promote current and new businesses offering products and services in the Gallipolis area.
According to DRP Board President Jim Wiseman, local businesses Pip & Hud’s, Rocket VII Interactive, River City Leather Manufacturing, Silver Bridge Coffee Company, the Colony Club, Guinther’s Custom Cuts and Courtside Bar and Grill all made appearances to support town commerce. Tropigallia and the Beauty Bar representatives also made appearances to represent newly coming businesses to the downtown area.
“The Beauty Bar is going to open really soon down in the old ‘Paul Davies’ building,” Wiseman said. “It’s going to be a women’s salon.”
One of the Beauty Bar’s social media pages says it “will offer a medi-spa, nail services, specialized facials, eyelash extensions, hair extensions, makeup services and a full line of professional retail products.” The business was formerly known as Strawberry Hair Beauty Salon and is owned by Tonya Kincaid.
Wiseman told the Tribune that the new Tropigallia is surveying spots around the city to determine where it could best see placing its business. Wiseman said the business anticipates itself to be opening somewhere early in the coming year and potentially in the space next to Pip & Hud’s on Second Avenue. The business is anticipated to serve Cuban- and Brazilian-style foods. The business is also expected to have baked goods.
Courtside Bar and Grill offered a selection of drinks to promote some new brews on the business’ menu, along with Merry Family Winery wines. Silver Bridge Coffee appeared to promote its line of coffee as it is now also selling products at the Pip & Hud’s location. Guinther’s Custom Cuts promoted its new sushi products. Pip & Hud’s promoted new custom popcorn flavors and tins. The Colony Club, a newly opening restaurant and movie lounge showed off some of the food on its menu. Rocket VII Interactive representatives chatted up clients about their design and advertising agency services. River City Leather Manufacturing displayed its goods, and spoke with potential clients about leather and footwear services as well.
DRP currently has 10 board members. According to Wiseman, the group is composed of several young individuals from various walks of life, some business representatives, government entities, attorneys, insurance firms, accountants, realtors, as well as information technology experts and other small business owners. The nonprofit organization seeks to promote, renovate buildings and install businesses in the downtown area by seeking grant funding, as well as promoting fundraising efforts to better the economic health of historic downtown area.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.