There is something exciting going on in downtown Vero Beach! The area in and around Main Street (14th Ave) is quickly rising to become an entertainment and business hub for Indian River County. Once viewed as a “value location” for businesses and restaurants wanting to avoid the high rent of the beachside, a few dedicated entrepreneurs and volunteers have done an amazing job working to restore and rejuvenate the historic neighborhood. Following the example of other small town main street revitalization organizations, Main Street Vero Beach has worked tirelessly to attract attention back to downtown. With so many historic landmarks and a rich history, it is encouraging to see the transformation. In fact, recognizing the growth our own agency, RE/MAX Crown Realty, recently opened a satellite office just a few streets over from downtown on 20th Place.
Not only are professional businesses flocking to the area, but well respected chefs are opening new eateries, seemingly on every corner. Featuring everything from California style pizza to french pastries to funky fondue, you’ll find something to please your tastebuds on or around Main Street. The creative menus are a refreshing alternative to the typical Florida beach town fare and copycat chain restaurants.
Where there are great restaurants, there will always be great retail shops, and Main Street is no exception. Shoppers can find a one of a kind piece of antique jewelry, a trendy bridal gown, or a high end piece of designer furniture at one of the many mom and pop shops around downtown. The prices are surprisingly affordable for how carefully and thoughtfully the shop owners choose their wares.
Main Street has also always had a bit of an artistic flair with a few small boutique galleries and regularly held amateur art shows on the weekends. With the recent rebirth however, now local well-respected artists flock to the downtown galleries to showcase their pieces. The whole scene is a little Bohemian and hip, which has a very different personality than the area around the mall or the barrier island. The young professionals moving to this area have been looking for a place to hang out, and I think they may have just found the right locale.
Want to check out what’s going on? A great way to celebrate the area and enjoy all that Main Street has to offer is attending the annual Hibiscus Festival. This year on April 9th and 10th, the festival has expanded to two days of art, crafts, food, music, and family events. The turnout is impressive for a small town festival and is always a great time. For a link to the activities and schedule, click here.