Old Town Clovis is evolving. No longer just the land of antique stores, my story on the front page of the Bee today detailed many of the changes happening there. A sampling: A new law allowing wine and beer tasting rooms, next month’s craft beer crawl, an influx of young people — hipsters, even — along with a new plaza for events. A growing number of businesses are catering to a younger generation, including Kuppa Joy (pictured at right) and The Lounge at DiCicco’s. And Old Town has a less than 5% vacancy rate, with businesses scrambling to find space to open.
You can read the full story here, but here’s the thing that kept sticking in my brain as I did this story. Several times during different interviews, sources would say to me, sometimes in hushed tones, “Old Town is the new Tower District.” Or, “Old Town is what the Tower District should have been,” or some variation on that sentiment.
They were speaking mostly in terms of the draw Old Town now has, bringing in people for dinner, shopping and farmers markets. When I brought up this contrast to others, they pointed out more differences such as the panhandlers you find in Tower, and the higher percentage of empty store fronts. And maybe the fact that you’re not going to find a gay pride parade in Old Town.
So, Beehivers, what do you think? Is the comparison between the two districts an accurate one? Or is saying that Old Town is what Tower should be just a dig at Tower?
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