Downtown Garland Updates
A new Downtown Garland is emerging, as the blue tarp on the Main Street side of the square
has been taken down, a street level park begins to take shape. The trench that had been dug
for work on infrastructure on Fifth is now filled in and almost entirely repaved. The street and
sidewalks on the south side of the square are torn up, and business for Momentum Tattoo,
Baker’s Main Street Furniture, Main Street Deli, Castillo’s Barber Shop, Jimmy Wallace’s Guitar
Studio and Frocksy has definitely been negatively impacted. We were able to park on Sixth
Street and walk into their front doors, traversing a narrow sidewalk. That narrow strip will also
soon be torn up, but the businesses are hoping to be able to welcome customers, though it may
be necessary to use their back doors.
Alston’s Antiques on Seventh between Austin and State had to close for several days due to the
owner’s concern about customers’ safety when entering and exiting his store. He is very
pleased with the lovely new sidewalk and is looking forward to the project’s completion. Richard
Hargrove does not have the luxury of a second entry option. Now an antique store, this
property has been in Hargrove’s family for generations, and his mother grew up in this structure.
When completed, this little gem will have an attractive new setting.
Brought back to life for an evening, the stage at the former Millhouse Pizzeria was rocking with
great entertainment on Tuesday, April 12. The event wa a kickoff party for the upcoming Dallas
International Guitar Festival. Jimmy Wallace, whose guitar shop is just a few doors down, at 514
Main Street, was the organizer, drawing hundreds of music and guitar lovers to fill the space,
overflowing out onto the street. The festival will begin on Friday, April 29, and run through the
weekend at Dallas Market Hall, ending Sunday, May 1, 2022.
New signs of life at 700 Main Street popped up when the “Latham Bakery” sign appeared on the
building formerly occupied by the Wild Grace Boutique. If you would like to see what Downtown
Garland has in store, check out the Latham Bakery in Forney. This new business will not only
feature fresh baked goods, but also a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches for dine-in table
service. Artist’s renderings show a beautiful elevated front patio for outdoor dining when weather