EUGENE, Ore. — If you’ve walked around downtown lately, you’ve probably noticed that there are some new places where you can grab lunch or catch a movie.
The Kesey Square area is becoming home to a number of new businesses that are set to open in the coming weeks. All of them are working together to revitalize Eugene’s downtown.
“It’s cool,” says Jake Gano, co-owner of Townshend’s Tea House. “The last year or two it’s seen a lot of growth down here and I think it’s a good time to be here.”
Others say that the changes are part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the area, and it’s taken more than just the past couple of years. One spot in particular has played an important role in renewing downtown Eugene.
“Broadway and Willamette really is at the heart of our arts and culture district downtown,” says city representative Nan Laurence. “The kind of businesses that are locating here have really helped to re-establish downtown as a destination and they make downtown more attractive for the future.”
The new businesses moving in are expected to give the area a needed boost. Sizzle Pie, a pizza shop that recently opened its doors, has already hired a number of workers from a pool of about 500 applicants.