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Building Tallahassee: Some businesses in limbo, others opening soon

Some businesses in limbo, others opening soon
Some businesses in limbo, others opening soon
Posted at 5:36 PM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-27 13:53:14-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As the year comes to an end, development in the Capital City remains steady.

While some businesses are saying goodbye, others are ready to open next month.

Time is running out for Yosties Chili Parlor. The hot dog joint in All Saints is planning to close after lunch Friday as developers come in to start the transformation to more housing.

We talked to owner Gary Yost earlier this month, who's trying to keep his business alive.

"I dropped my money and six weeks of labor to turn it into this, and it's just disheartening that when you get to the hump, now all this change happens," said Yost.

The future for Connie's Ham is unclear, too. The Market Square staple has served the community for more than 30 years but developers aren't sure whether the business will have to go to make room for a movie theater.

The owner says they'll stay open until developers figure out what's next.

While some businesses are either closing or planning their future, some new faces are coming to Tallahassee, including here in Midtown.

Right behind Waterworks on Thomasville Road, Journeyman Coffee is opening a new location called the hideaway. Owner Jason Card says he's excited about the concept.

"We're going to have a mid-century modern, kind of old Florida feel, and it's going to be a really good place for people to hang out and get some food, get some amazing coffee," said Card. "We'll have a lot of indoor and outdoor seating, and places to read and chat."

Over in Frenchtown, Southern Velvet Cafe is getting ready to bring a much-needed food option for residents. The bakery and tea shop was a hit at this year's Frenchtown Heritage Fest and hopes to open in January.

The new year will see several projects either start or finish as the Capital City continues to grow.