Samples of What’s Happening Downtown

There are a number of ways to look at what’s happening downtown. I’ve continued to take photographs because the images of the era, from hand-made signs, to empty streets and including the beautiful trees and flowers of this spring all need to be remembered. This is a time that will live in history books filled […]

COVID-19: Downtown Business Impacts, Part One

I reached out to a number of downtown business owners regarding the impact thus far of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I asked some questions to frame their responses. I offered the possibility of anonymity, if they preferred. The response was so good, I will do a short series on the topic. If you are a downtown […]

Hope Brothers Building at 428 South Gay Street to Add Residences

The building at 428 South Gay Street, which houses Sapphire in its storefront, was built after the 1897 Gay Street Fire. The current five-story building replaced a shorter, three-story building destroyed by the fire.  A shoe store initially, it later became Fidelity Trust Bank for nine years. In 1929 it became Hope Brothers Jewelry, eventually […]

Miracle on Gay Street (For Real)

As we move toward the Christmas season, there will be many great related events, decorations, entertainment and more all around downtown. I’ll detail some of those on Friday (I’m taking a day off tomorrow). There’s one very cool event, however, that I wanted to mention beforehand that I think the grownups among us might enjoy. […]

Sapphire Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Last Friday night Aaron Thompson, owner of Sapphire threw a party to celebrate the establishment’s tenth anniversary and to thank the people who have made it possible along the way. Aaron acknowledges the list is long, and he and I met recently to talk about the journey. Born in Carbondale, Illinois, Aaron had a complicated early […]