New businesses opening downtown
by Paige Rentz
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Daylight Donuts at the corner of Quintard and 14th Ave. in Anniston.  Photo by Bill Wilson.
Daylight Donuts at the corner of Quintard and 14th Ave. in Anniston. Photo by Bill Wilson.
Before long, Anniston residents will have new places downtown to grab a donut in the morning, a quick bite and fancy coffee at lunch, and a drink and poetry in the evening.

Businesses have been popping up in Anniston recently, with three in the process of opening in the Model City’s downtown: Daylight Donuts; Classic, Too!; and the Three Legged Monkey.

Although management at Daylight Donuts had planned to open Friday, delays with renovations to the shop’s location at the corner of 14th Street and Quintard Avenue pushed the date back. But the shop opened Sunday.

“The kids and parents will be able to come in on their way to school or work,” Owner Kim S. Ou said.

Ou, who is originally from Cambodia, said she and her family have been in the U.S. for about 10 years and decided earlier this year to settle in Anniston to start the donut business. The shop will serve coffee, a variety of donuts and such breakfast items as pigs in a blanket.

An expansion of Noble Street mainstay Classic on Noble, Classic, Too! is already open and serving a variety of coffee drinks and light breakfast items. “We decided we needed a nice coffee shop down here on Noble Street,” said owner David Mashburn.

The shop’s coffee menu includes such offerings as espresso, cappuccino, cafe mocha, caramel macchiato, as well as plain coffee.

Beginning this week, Mashburn said, the shop will begin offering lunch and add breakfast next week. Part of the impetus for opening a location across the street from Classic on Noble, Mashburn said, was frequent calls by patrons who can’t take the time to sit and order lunch in the dining room and instead order ahead.

Classic, Too!, with its lunch-counter setup, is intended to have a more casual atmosphere and will offer “grab-it-and-go” lunches for those who need to eat in a hurry. The new facility in the Noble Building also has plenty of seating inside and an outdoor patio for patrons that Mashburn said he hopes to have covered soon.

Just up the block, the Three Legged Monkey will soon open its doors. Owner Angela Butts said the night spot will offer a new mix for patrons and hopefully break some barriers.

“It’s going to be a diverse lounge,” she said. “We want to attract everybody, not just black people or white people … so everybody can come together and have fun.”

Butts said she plans to open in the evenings and offer events on different days of the week. These include spoken-word poetry, live bands, Monday Night Football specials and a Wednesday Happy Hour.

“We’re going to do a lot of searching around for local bands,” she said.

Butts said she doesn’t have a precise opening date for the business just yet. She must still appear before the City Council for approval of an alcohol license on Aug. 13.

The Three Legged Monkey will offer a relaxing atmosphere and serve drinks but no food, Butts said. “It’s more of an upscale lounge,” she said, “where grown people can come and have a good time and not worry about the young people taking over.”

Mayor Vaughn Stewart is glad to see new businesses popping up downtown.

“We’re fortunate that the recession is winding down,” he said Friday, noting that developers are becoming increasingly interested in doing business in the Model City.

“We have developers actually contacting the city, which has not been the case in a number of years, and it’s very encouraging,” he said. “We’ll do whatever we can do legally and financially to encourage those businesses to open in Anniston.”

Stewart said beyond the downtown corridor, there are opportunities for development all over the city.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “And I’m not saying all this will happen overnight, but it’s certainly something we’re working on.”

Staff writer Paige Rentz: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @PRentz_Star.

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