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Over a dozen new businesses open in Downtown South Bend


13 new businesses are opening in Downtown South Bend according to DTSB.  11 of the new businesses have already opened in the downtown district and two more are set to open soon.  They will all have opened in the span of about one month, according to Aaron Perri with DTSB.

A press release from DTSB says the new businesses, "account for more than 100 new jobs and nearly $2 million of private investment into renovating existing spaces.  Serving to increase downtown vitality, the new businesses include a mix of restaurants, shops, and attractions."

Perri said the growth in Downtown businesses is fueled by numerous things including building enhancement grants, the holiday pop-up shop programs, and riverfront liquor licenses.

Jeremy Young, Managing Partner at the new Woochi Asian Fusion and Sushi said they decided to open up in South Bend for two reasons, the first being the fact that they could apply one of the riverfront liquor licenses there and the second reason he said, "This one is close to campus so we can attract a lot of the football fans here."

Store Manager at the new Indiana Rug Company, Lindsay Vest said the opened up shop in Downtown South Bend because they had participated in the pop up shop program last year and then they participated in Art Beat this year, saw the open space and, "the starts just aligned."

No one is worried about so many new places opening at the same time and stealing business from each other because they're all different.  Vest said, "The good thing is not everybody does what we do."  And Young said, "We are only one sushi restaurant here so we could be different."  Vest said all the unique businesses are exactly what downtown needs, "Everybody's kinda offering their own little part to the puzzle and there's not one solution to making downtown grow it's gotta be a bunch of people coming together. "

The new businesses are as follows:
Now Open:
Body Evolution- Fitness Center: 115 N Main St. | 574.288.6566
Dancehipology - Dance Studio: 121 S Niles Ave. | 574.400.5408
Indiana Rug Co. - Textile Boutique: 214 S Michigan St. | 574.233.7312
LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern - A Gastropub: 115 W Colfax Ave. - 3rd Floor | 574.288.1174
Linden Grill - Soul Food Classics: 110 N Main St. | 574.234.7011
Purple Porch Co-op - Community Food Cooperative: 123 N Hill St. | 574.274.9889
Same Love, Same Life - Art Gallery: 107 W Monroe Ave. | 269.635.3116
South Bend Community School Corporation Health Center: 611 Lincoln Way E | 574.855.1090
The Exchange - Whiskey Bar: 112 W Jefferson Blvd. | 574.301.8999
The Vibrance Center- Natural Wellness Center: 328 N Michigan St. Ste B3-4 | 574.904.9183 Therapeutic Indulgence-Relaxation & Therapeutic Facility: 904 E Jefferson Blvd. | 574.520.1664

Opening Soon:
Swolfies - Pizza and Sub Shop: 301 S Michigan St. | 574.287.7492
Woochi- Asian Fusion and Sushi: 123 W Washington St. | 574.289.2222

Young said Woochi will officially open Tuesday October 8th but if any customers walk in on Sunday October 6th they will feed them.

Vest said Indiana Rug Co. will have their grand opening celebration the weekend of October 12th and 13th but they are open already.  They are open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday's.

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