Downtown Mobile Development News

    Casey Patterson — 31 January 2018


    Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery Opens

    The long vacant building opened as the new home of Olde Mobile Antiques on December 26, 2017

    On December 26, 2017, Olde Mobile Antiques opened in their new locale at 653 St. Louis Street. The real test, however, was their first estate sale January 5, 6 and 7. You see, Olde Mobile Antiques’ estate sales have quite the draw. Co-owner Greg Reynolds said, “We were going 90 mph and working 15 hour days for two and a half weeks to get everything moved, and the planning, design and move went as smoothly as possible.” Additionally, the initial customer feedback was, “Extremely good. The crowds were good. They were shopping, there were no issues with parking, and everyone loved the building.”

    The building that now houses Olde Mobile Antiques has had a number of uses over the years. However, Reynolds thinks the building has been vacant for seventeen years. When asked what it was about downtown that interested him, Reynolds said, “living downtown and seeing and hearing about the investment taking place, we just felt like downtown was a good choice. The mayor and council seem to be on board and excited about the changes. We were renting on the belt line, we wanted to own and control our future, and so it seemed like the right time to look and move downtown.”

    Additionally, they are thrilled that Fowler Lighting is across the street and that The Cheese Cottage had a Grand Opening on January 19, 2018. Reynolds said, “They both draw an upscale customer and that is our clientele for the gallery. It is a great combination and with three retailers it really becomes a destination. People can come down and spend a half day or more and eat lunch or dinner downtown. A few customers posted on social media platforms after they left us that they had brunch downtown, and one customer had dinner at NoJa.”

    Co-owners Greg Reynolds and Charles Parmenter still have some finishing touches to add, landscaping and sprucing up to do, but intend to undertake it all in due time.

    However, they already have another deadline, the February estate sale is scheduled for the first full weekend every month, which in February is February 2, 3 and 4.

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    Seamen’s Club Building in the Development Pipeline

    The long-vacant Seamen’s Club building, as it was historically known, will have new life. Developer Tellus Partners out of Atlanta, GA is acquiring 350 St. Joseph Street with plans to convert the former hotel rooms for sailors into 70 new downtown apartments.

    The first step of the renovation will include extensive interior demolition. However, if plans take shape as they are expected, in April the building will start to take new form, and the investment will be visible. Stay tuned for more news to follow.

    Meridian at the Port

    After speculation surrounding the delays to the Meridian at the Port, construction is underway.

    The 267-unit, new construction apartment community hopes to be completed in 2019.

    For more information visit the community’s website at

    Say Cheese: The Cheese Cottage is Photo Worthy

    The Cheese Cottage is a gourmet market and cafe specializing in regional domestic cheeses. Additionally, they serve charcuterie and wine. All is available for take home and for enjoyment on their patio. To learn more about the business visit their Facebook page at  or their website at

    Cigar Bar Coming Soon

    Visible to pedestrians along Dauphin Street lately has been the notice advertising that Planning Commission approval was sought by an applicant. Inquiring minds have been seeking information about the development use.

    As reported by Dale Liesch of Lagniappe, Larry Scott plans to open Lit Cigar Lounge. Lit Cigar Lounge will feature a full bar and a walk-in cigar lounge. The venue will have sofas, comfortable chairs and an 18-seat bar.

    For more information read Liesch’s article on Lagniappe’s site by visiting: commission-approves-downtown-cigar-lounge/.


    There has never been a better time to visit or do business downtown. For more information on real estate or business opportunities, call me at the Downtown Mobile Alliance.

    Fred Rendfrey

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