First, the University Mall underwent a ownership change awhile ago and with it evolved a new name. The Market on State. Yep. That's what it is called now. It is about a quarter full with shops, and it seems a store leaves every month. However, they just added a new!!! store and it's a biggie. Dunham sports went into the old Kmart store. It just opened yesterday so I haven't been in it yet. I am not a big shopper and rarely buy new things, but a few of the things I have to buy new are shoes and sports bras. Now I have a place locally to do that. We do have a Hibbetts Sports store, but they carry one style of soccer cleat and a few running shoes. This store may prove useful. And if they sell swimwear, they will own the market in this town, since it is impossible to find a bathing suit here.
There is a new coffee shop in town. On the west side no less. I don't drink coffee so I don't go there much but I wish them luck. They are located right next to the bike path on Union, so I think they could gather a following. Oh yeah, it's called Moku cafe. I have no idea where the Moku comes from.
With additions comes substractions. Goodys left and so did Wild Mercantile. An upscale clothing store called Noir went to Granville where people could afford their clothes.
The City of Athens has started a new trend of having Town Hall Meetings. The first one was last month and was well attended. Another one is coming up next week. The focus has been on how to implement the comprehensive plan. It's too soon to see effects of the meetings, but I think it's a step in the right direction.