Four new businesses preparing to open in Oregon District

“We’ve been focusing our efforts on raising the level of retail shops” in the Oregon District to complement the existing restaurants, art galleries and taverns there, Martin said. “We think these new shops will complement the existing retail businesses.”

The shops in various stages of development are:

  • Brim on Fifth, a former adult bookstore at 464 E. Fifth St., will sell hats and headgear for adults and children when it opens later this year, according to Martin. The new owners, Brian Eastman and Amelia O’Dowd, plan to restore the storefront of the building that dates to 1851 and have long-term plans to include residential space in the upper two floors.
  • Elysian Fields Books, 436 E. Fifth St. in the location that formerly housed the Oregon Smoke Shop, is shooting for a grand opening on Memorial Day weekend. Owners Brian and Susan Strawn will sell used and new books in a bookstore that will be “family-friendly,” Martin said.
  • Eclectic Essentials, adjacent to the 510 Gallery at 510 E. Fifth St., obtained its vendors license Friday and will sell new and used collectibles, furnishings and gifts, Martin said. The shop owned by Estavan Loya, Doug Euth, Robert Mues and Bambi Smith also will search for specific items for customers, Martin said.
  • Found Treasures 4 You will open sometime later this year at 502 Wayne Ave, selling collectibles and antiques. The business is in its early stages, Martin said.

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