Release Date: October 30,2017
Phase two of the Downtown Akron Partnership's pop-up retail program recently welcomed the three new businesses to downtown. P' Mychals Clothing by Leapy, Hair Geek Studios and Wholly Joe Coffee Shop and Café are the last businesses to open under phase two, bringing the total to 17 new businesses since the inception of the program in 2015. Phase three focuses on vendors in the new Northside Marketplace.
The Downtown Akron Partnership pop-up retail program aims to fill vacant property space with local clients in order to promote economic development and the vibrancy of Downtown Akron. Phase two was supported by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
P' Mychals Clothing is a full service men's clothing store with items ranging from suits, shirts, ties and shoes to outerwear and accessories, and is located at 137 S. Main St. in the Delaware Building. The company has been in business since 1996, most recently operating in the Wallhaven area. Owner Phillip Rackley is a graduate of Barberton High School and has been in retail since 1988 in sales, and as a buyer and owner. He is not a stranger to downtown Akron, as his first retail store in 1996 was located in the Orangerie Mall, now known as the Shoppes at Akron Centre.
"Main Street was a great experience for me," said Rackley. "I've always wanted to be downtown and have looked forward to going back. It's a great atmosphere and I'm happy to be part of the new development."
"I look forward to bringing retail sales to downtown Akron and servicing local businesses. When walking into P' Mychals Clothing customers can expect full service, respect, quality merchandise, a smile and a 'thank you'," he continued.
P' Mychals is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays by appointment. Find them on Facebook or by calling 330-706-2553.
Hair Geek Studios is open at 365 S. Main St and is owned and operated by Sapreea English. The salon provides numerous beauty and hair services such as haircutting, styling, hair extensions, hair coloring, braiding and more. They also provide services for special occasions such as weddings and graduations.
English is a native of Akron and graduate of Central Hower High School. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than 10 years and holds both independent contractors and instructor licenses. After working under seasoned stylists locally and in Atlanta, she gained the skills and knowledge to manage her own salon.
"The reason I chose to open my salon in downtown Akron is because I want to be located in a fast paced environment with the goal of being diverse," she said. "There have been many upgrades to the area with more to come, which makes it very appealing for a local startup business. I want to target a diverse clientele including individuals employed in the downtown area."
"It is my goal to exceed all clients' expectations and to make sure everyone has a marvelous experience. Every client will walk in the door as a guest and leave as family. I am committed to providing exceptional customer service in an upscale and inviting atmosphere," she said.
Hair Geek Studios is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find them on Facebook @HairGeekStudios or call 330-319-0062.
Wholly Joe Coffee Shop and Café is located at 333 S. Main St. in the Evans Building. The café offers hot and cold coffee drinks, cold brew, teas and food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They roast their own coffee beans and hand make menu items. It is a family-owned business with David Fertig and his son, Derrick as co-owners. This location is the second café in operation, with another location in Merriman Valley that has been open for a year.
"I love downtown and having this location was a goal I set," said Fertig. "I look forward to meeting and servicing the people and community in downtown, and want to make customers feel welcome and receive our top notch service."
Slated to open next month, Wholly Joe's hours are Monday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Find them on Facebook @WhollyJoeCoffeeHouseandBakery or by calling 330-201-4101.
Phase 3 of the pop up program will focus on the vendors in the Northside Marketplace, slated for a soft opening on Oct. 16. This phase is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.