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Downtown Elkhart sees several changes

Zell and Wirt made the move, a new farmers' market is in the works and a future art gallery will host open an house Wednesday.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 7:36 p.m.

ELKHART — Here are three tidbits about downtown Elkhart to keep in mind:

■ Owners of n.wirt deisgn and Elk River Upcycle spent the weekend moving three blocks down the street to 503 S. Main. Nancy Wirt and Eric Zell will reopen their businesses (interior design and architectural salvage, respectively) at the new location on Thursday, April 3. The store is adjacent to Matzke Florist.

■  In a related move, the store formerly used by Wirt and Zell (205 S. Main St.) will soon be home to Arts on Main, an art gallery that will include up to eight art studios on the second floor. The building is owned by Dan Boecher.

On Wednesday, April 2, Steve Gruber, who coordinates much of ArtWalk, will host an open house for Arts on Main from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

■  The Black Crow on Main plans to open a new farmers market May 1.

In December, Black Crow filled the space at 224 S. Main St., replacing Tom Langley’s farmers market, which operated for two years.

Pete and Dawn Recchio say they are pleased as punch with the reception they have received during the first three months since opening the upscale antiques and vintage furniture store.

The new market will be below the Black Crow in a basement area. The market will focus almost entirely on food, but will also sell garden tools and decorative outdoor items, according to Dawn.

Customers will access the market from the back of the building, where there is additional parking.

The store also recently opened a coffee shop at the back. The Black Crow Coffee Shoppe has a variety of coffee flavors as well as items from The South Bend Chocolate Company and goodies from Lindsay Farms of Alabama. Décor includes artwork by Steve Toepp of Mishawaka. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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