GG's moving across Broad Street to make room for Sky Mountain gourmet coffee shop
BY HALEY JONES
During December, GG’s Art Frames and Gifts announced a large moving sale that left loyal customers wondering about the future of the business.
Downtown shoppers need not worry as GG’s will be moving into the Plyler Building, located at 101 W. Broad Street.
The business has had quite the journey, opening up at Brookdale Shopping center in 1969, then moving to Signal Hill Mall for nine years; and then a move to the building located beside Johnson Greenhouses located on Salisbury Road. The next move was to a two-story building, located where the Civic Center Parking Lot now stands. Finally, GG’s moved to the Lazenby Montgomery building, at 110 W Broad Street, Statesville, where it has been for 26 years.
“(The decision to move) was simply a matter of someone offering to buy my building,” said owner Gloria Hager. “I felt it was a smart move for me to go from owning to leasing a building.”
The move was conditional. Since Hagar was not ready to close her business, she based the sale on finding a “great space” to move her business.
“I love Downtown Statesville. I love the vitality. Downtown has been blessed with good leadership,” Hager said. “People are coming from all over again to shop.”
To celebrate the move, Hager is holding a moving sale, with the entire store up to 75 percent off, until Jan. 20.
So who will move into the Lazenby Montgomery building?
Sky Mountain, a craft coffee roaster of specialty grade arabica coffee sourced from high-quality farms around the world, is currently working to secure the property. The business plans to open its home office at this location.
Since 2010, the roasting business has been serving the employees and contractors at Lowe’s Home Improvement corporate centers in Mooresville and Wilkesboro. The Statesville location will be the first public retail space for the company.
Customers will be able to purchase a cup of coffee, coffee beans, or even head to the second floor mezzanine for a coffee tasting and education, according to Andy Smith of Sky Mountain.
The business will use a diedrich roasting process to bring out the fresh flavor of the coffee beans. Prices will be comparable to Starbucks. Wi-fi will be available.
In the evening, the space will be transformed into a wine and craft beer bar with seating in the second-floor balcony.
Smith mentioned that he had visited the city several years ago, and wasn’t sure if Statesville was ready for a gourmet coffee roasting business. However, after returning six months ago, he was very impressed with Downtown and decided it was time to move forward.
Sky Mountain hopes to open within the next few months.