Four Downtown Businesses Play Musical Chairs

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 09 2010 Sep 9, 2010 Thursday, September 09, 2010 8:58:10 AM CDT September 09, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Mississippi Fish Shack, My Secret Garden, International Cafe and Bambino's are all relocating. The land that Bambino's and International Cafe are on is owned by MU.  The university is going to use this land to build a new fine arts building.

The new owner of Bambino's, Jeff Weaver, just bought the business in May.  When he did, he was fully aware he would have to move soon, but says he was excited about it.

International Cafe has been in the same location for 20 years.  It is moving to Ninth Street in the next three to four months.

Bambino's will take over the location of the current Mississippi Fish Shack. 

Mississippi Fish Shack and My Secret Garden are moving to save money.  Mississippi Fish Shack says it also wants to get away from downtown parking. It will be moving to Ash Street.  Mississippi Fish Shack has been on the corner of Broadway and Tenth Street for about two years.

My Secret Garden will move from Ninth Street to Broadway.  The store has been there for 21 years.  Founder Ruth LaHue says, "I think it's kind of a perception that Broadway is the most expensive place to have your shop, so I never really looked there, so I was pleasantly surprised."

LaHue will be paying less on Broadway than she is on Ninth Street. All four business owners say they are excited to move and start fresh.  All of the businesses will move by the end of the year.

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