Business plans move up Main St.
Twice is Nice relocating one block in downtown Austin
By Tim Ruzek
Twice is Nice Antiques is moving on up — Main Street, that is.
The downtown Austin shop’s owner Sandra Bell on Friday afternoon finalized the purchase of the former Leuthold’s clothing store, just one block north of the current Twice is Nice store at 313 N. Main St.
"We’re excited," Bell said, noting she needs a bigger area to expand gift lines and space for clothing.
Twice is Nice sells antiques, collectibles, gifts, crafts, specialties as well as used clothing and items.
Bell, who currently rents space, said she expects her store to open sometime in July at the new location, which recently had Grand Adventures Travel Co.
Built in 1902, the building at 417 N. Main St. also formerly had the Leuthold’s clothing store and Lovejoy’s Home
Twice is Nice won’t close during the relocation process this summer, Bell said.
"Luckily we’re not moving far," she said.
Bell wanted to keep her shop on Main Street.
Since opening in 1986, Twice is Nice always has been on Main Street, starting in the basement of the old Nemitz’s store, she said.
Some painting and other remodeling will be done at the new location that will give Twice is Nice about 1,800 square feet in additional space, Bell said, adding "which is a lot for retail." The new location has a second-floor loft, she said.
A parking lot in back of the new place will be good for customers and those bringing goods for the store to sell for them, Bell said.
Bell said her new building eventually could be part of the Austin Main Street Project, a nonprofit group aiming to revitalize the downtown, mostly through building makeovers.