Burg Bits: Boutiques and Bistros Abound on Central Avenue

Our downtown area may be segmented in a series of neighborhoods/districts (i.e. 600 Block, EDGE District, Grand Central, Warehouse Arts), but the addition of our bike share program has helped the city itself feel more connected. That connectivity has inspired a sprawl of new businesses all over the Burg.


*Photo via Ashe Couture

Boutiques galore downtown

Central Avenue’s sparkling roster of eclectic businesses is emblematic of the city’s growth. Recently, Ashe Couture Boutique moved from 953 Central Avenue to a larger space at 1027 Central Avenue.


For those who grew accustomed to fun fashion finds on the 900 Bock, fret not. Replacing Ashe Couture is Necessories Gallery and Boutique. The shop is described as a global women’s artisan shop featuring art, jewelry, accessories, gifts, home furnishings, repurposed furniture and women’s apparel.

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Necessories will open in their new location at 953 Central Avenue on Feb. 25. They’ll join Verve Boutique, a high fashion shop selling a blend of elevated streetwear at 915 Central Avenue, which just opened its doors to the public this month.


Bistro brings fresh bites to 600 Block

The Central Avenue corridor also added the brand new City’s Bistro, replacing Central Perks at 695 Central Avenue. The bistro begins each day by roasting fresh turkey, roast beef and corned beef. Visitors will be treated to a mural on the interior done by the one and only Sebastian Coolidge.


They get their sourdough bread delivered from San Francisco and rye bread from New York. In addition to their assortment of deli sandwiches, City’s Bistro also offers fresh mozzarella, French brie and grilled portabella mushrooms. You can find a full menu on their Facebook page.


*Article by Andrew Harlan (andrew@rkc.me), writer/editor of I Love The Burg

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me