Three ribbon cuttings were held Thursday morning in the Block 300 development, an ambitious project by local developers to repurpose abandoned or under-used buildings in the 300 block of downtown London.

Mayor Troy Rudder first cut the ribbon for Local Honey, a new farm to table restaurant with a ”hip eclectic comfort foods” vibe. Co-owner Phil Smith said the response has been tremendous since the opening and the restaurant is expanding to include lunch hours.

Amber Royster, owner of Redeemed Boutique, first began her ladies’ fashion shop online, then expanded to a physical location when one became available in Block 300.

The third ribbon cutting was held at The Make Space, a shared creative space in downtown offering art, education, and community opportunities. Gabbi Hartzell gave details about how the unique space came about. She is one of the four women who have shops there, along with Lisa Smith, Megan Angel, and Denise Abner. Congratulations to all the owners, managers and employees for this amazing vision to revitalize an entire block in downtown London.

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