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Bannerman Crossings works to attract new business, customers

Hanger 38 is the latest to join the center
Posted at 6:20 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 18:24:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More businesses are calling Tallahassee's northside home particularly at Bannerman Crossings.

But some haven't been able to stay open for one reason or another. We're taking a look at some of the newer places in the shopping center and how they plan to keep their businesses going.

The party is just starting at Hangar 38. The family fun center opened Monday.

"We had the vision in mind before we ever put the first shovel on the ground, so to speak," said Keith Paniucki, one of the co-owners of Hangar 38.

We were here in February as Keith Paniucki and two business partners were working on the project. This used to be New Leaf Market's second location, but it closed after a year and a half.

Paniucki is no stranger to Bannerman Crossings.

He owns The Blu Halo restaurant. It was one of the first places to set up shop here. He said he's found success by keeping things interesting.

"We constantly change the menu at The Blu Halo, and we'll do the same here," said Paniucki. "Seasonally, we'll roll new things out. If things aren't working, we're quick to make the change."

Neighboring Earthwise Pet Supply returned from an 18 month break with new ownership. But the revival happened around the same time New Leaf was closing.

"So, that kind of had a little bit of a negative impact from an exposure perspective, but we've now cycled through all that," said Mac Rabb, a co-owner of Earthwise Pet Supply.

The business says the key is getting people to come back.

"We carry things that you wouldn't normally see in a pet supply store," said Rabb. "A lot of the products here, most customers have never heard of."

As the area keeps changing, those customers will decide which businesses survive.

Hangar 38 will have a week-long grand opening starting Monday, April 29. Meanwhile, the center's developers say more businesses will open their doors soon.