By Brenda Francis

Every quarter Commercial Real Estate Broker Brenda Francis compiles a newsletter on the latest scoops in local Tallahassee real estate. It includes what companies are coming to town and who is moving into what commercial spaces. Here is the March edition.

The information contained herein is obtained from sources deemed reliable, however, accuracy is not guaranteed & is subject to errors, omissions, & changes prior to print.

The Leon County Courthouse Annex at 1920 Thomasville Road, is being dedicated to my husband, retiring Circuit Judge Charles A. Francis, on March 28 at 4 p.m. Judge Francis has been a Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit since 1999 and was Chief Judge for 12 years, the longest serving Chief Judge in the history of the Second Judicial Circuit. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced law in Tallahassee for 27 years. Congratulations, Charlie! I’m so proud of you!

New Leaf Market Though the Bannerman Crossing store has closed, the New Leaf Market in the Parkway Center on Apalachee Parkway is alive and well, so go by and show your support!

Lucilla’s Restaurant is open at 1241 E. Lafayette St. in the space formerly occupied by Sahara’s. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. but I would advise making reservations, even for lunch! This restaurant opened in January but is already very popular, and once you dine there, you will know why. It offers a brunch menu on the weekends and it’s fabulous!

Sahara Greek & Lebanese Café is still around and is only a short distance away in the Parkway Center.

Massage Envy, 2887 Kerry Forest Parkway, is nearing its 10th year of operation in Tallahassee, is now under new ownership. The store was acquired by Gordon Kaufman and John Preston, who operate five other Massage Envy locations in Southwest Florida. “We are excited for the opportunity to expand our footprint across Florida and work with such a delightful team here in Tallahassee,” said Preston.

Rebels Midtown Boutique, by Kelley Ausley and Shelly Ruthstrom, will be opening a small boutique and ‘bartique’ in Betton Place, 1950 Thomasville Road, in early April. It will feature women’s apparel, some men’s apparel, gifts and accessories. Kelley and Shelly’s shop will be unique in that it will offer local beer and wine at a small bar where customers can hang out and watch TV while they shop, and, on some Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy a local musician.

AR Workshop Tallahassee, also opening in Betton Place in early April, is a franchise offering DIY hobby art classes with projects such as plank wood signs, round wood signs, centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, wall hangings, tote bags and more. It can host workshops for corporate events, bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, team building events, sports team outings, adult and youth birthday parties, and fundraisers. The 6,062-square-foot building that formerly housed the Gray Fox, 1301 N. Monroe St., sold on Feb. 1 for $585,000. It will be an owner-occupied retail store but the owner is not ready to disclose who’s moving in there! Stay tuned. Hint: Women will love it!

Bumpas Local 349, 2738 Capital Circle NE, will be open in full swing by early March. Bumpas is another creation by the owner of Gordos but will be a family sports bar with burgers and beer, lavosh, salads and all the goodies you might want while watching one of their many TVs. It is named after the owner’s grandfather and his grandfather’s military unit. The newly built out space is light and airy and looks great!

Luxe Nail Spa, an upscale nail salon, will be occupying 2,200 square feet of the retail building under construction at 1875 N. Monroe St. at Glenview Drive. It’s slated to open mid-July or early August. The other tenant in this location will be Kaffee Coffee with coffee, tea, smoothies and snacks. There is one 1,300-square-foot space in the building still available.

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar has purchased the 1.42-acre vacant lot behind McDonald’s on Maclay Commerce Drive for $1.2 million. The seller, Emo Properties, will construct the 8,500-square-foot restaurant for the buyer, plus a second office/retail building of 8,000 square feet: 2 units up and 2 down. Office rates will be $28/sf plus utilities and retail will be $27 plus pass-throughs. The restaurant should be open by next February.

The Drury Hotel, a 180-room, 7-story hotel, should begin construction on the old Osaka location on Capital Circle NE & Raymond Diehl Road by mid-2019.

Barnacle Bill’s, 1830 N. Monroe St., sold in December 2017 to a corporation out of Monticello for $711,500.  Asking price was $895,000 with most equipment included, and is now back on the market for $999,000.

Envision Credit Union has closed on its purchase from the city of the 1.24 acres of land at 600 N. Monroe St., formerly a utilities payment station. The purchase price was   $850,000. Plans are to relocate Envision Credit Union to a new 10,841-square-foot facility with drive-thru lanes.

Florida Power & Light Company’s new 3-story, 19,711-square-foot Tallahassee facility is under construction at 134 W. Jefferson St., next to City Hall. The 0.17-acre site was purchased in 2016 for $1.02 million.

2459 Mahan Drive, at Riggins Road, is under construction for a 20,000-square-foot medical building. Of that, 17,000 square feet will be office and 3,000 will be medical retail space. The owner expects it to be complete in about six months.

Glenview Place, on the corner of Meridian and Glenview Drive, is a 10-unit residential development now under construction. Each free-standing home is two-stories with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2 car garages, just under 2,000 square feet. The first 2 homes should be complete by mid- April.

McAlister’s Deli is now open in Carriage Gate Shopping Center, 3425-17 Thomasville Road. I understand they have cornhole outside to play. Check it out!

Mom & Dad’s is open and going strong in Bannerman Crossing and it has AMBIENCE! It’s a beautiful space with a large room for private parties.

Donut Kingdom is moving into the end cap at Capital Plaza where the dry cleaners was. They’re going to have nitrogen ice cream and Lucky Goat coffee.

O’BRIEN SHAMROCK CLEANERS, 3501 Maclay Blvd,  sold to Vel Enterprises, Tony Trusty of St. Pete Beach, FL, 12/21/2017 for $800,000.  The building is  3733 SF with 1223 auxiliary SF.

Walgreens, a long-term lease investment at 3531 Thomasville Road, next to Books-A-Million, sold for $4.19 million in December.

Dentist Dr. Carl Daffin sold his office building at 1394 Timberlane Road to Tiffany Torrens Od, Pa, an optometrist. The building is 2,193 square feet and sold for $260,000 on Nov. 1.

3500 Financial Plaza, the Investar building, sold to 3500 Financial Plaza, LLC, for $5,300,000 on Dec. 20. Asking price was $6,100,000. It sits on 2.23 acres and is 40,942 square feet.

Dick’s Wings And Grill has committed to the last restaurant space in Bannerman Crossing. Its website says it’s a “fun, family oriented restaurant with 23 locations in Florida and Georgia.” It’s slated to open in late summer, before football season.

Sweet Frog is moving into the space between The Wharf and Ponderosa Junction. Sweet Frog is a national chain with dozens of flavor combinations of soft-serve frozen yogurt, plus sorbet.  It should be ready to serve in about 3 months, just in time for summer!

Brenda Francis, CCIM, is with Structure Commercial Real Estate in Tallahassee. Information for this report is obtained from sources deemed reliable, however, it is not a complete list and project plans may have changed before publication. If you want to sign up for her newsletter or know of a new business that should be spotlighted, email her at brenda@structureiq.net.