City's UpTown District poised for renaissance

"New small businesses, development filling up entertainment corridor

By Taylor Dungjen, Blade Staff Writer

For decades, UpTown, one of Toledo’s central-city neighborhoods, has been described as the next big player in the city’s comeback story.

It’s back at it again. The district is abuzz with new businesses and planned development projects that could finally make this the UpTown renaissance that sticks.

“There are such big changes coming to UpTown,” said Dan Muszynski, a co-owner of All Crumbs Artisan Bakery, which will soon have a permanent home at 1109 Adams St. “We’re getting to a critical mass where change has to happen. It’s been a slow build for a really long time.”

Adams Street, which is considered the neighborhood’s entertainment district, is filling up with new small businesses.

Ink and Iron, a tattoo parlor; Handmade Toledo, a boutique for local artisan goods; Moxie, a bar and restaurant; Reddish Printing, a T-shirt printing company that relocated from East Toledo; Vintage Vibes, a vintage shop; and soon, All Crumbs, are all new to the strip. Its steadfast bars and restaurants, including the Attic, Manos, the Ottawa Tavern, and Manhattan’s, help anchor the block.

“I knew that if I were to open a shop eventually that I would want it to be in this area,” said Jessica Crossfield, who owns and operates Handmade Toledo at 1717 Adams. “I wanted it to be in UpTown. It’s an arts community here and I just knew that the people would support it.”

The Village on Adams, a nonprofit volunteer-driven organization created in 2014, promotes the street and all it has to offer. The group has hosted some of the city’s most-popular events, including Zombie Bar Crawl, New Year’s Ball Drop, and Mardi Gras parties. The Village has a long list of upcoming events for the year, including the Ohio Beer Takeover on May 15 (at the end of Toledo Beer Week), a Super Hero Bar Crawl on July 3, and a Fourth of July cookout and group bicycle ride to the fireworks."

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