Tennants looking for space at Channel district
CHANNEL DISTRICT - Like her innovative furniture store, interior designer Amanda McMahon enjoys being a little bit different.
That's why she jumped at vacant warehouse space in the Channel District despite the dusty upheaval from road and residential construction.
Moving in this summer at 110 S. 12th St., Expressions is a small, national chain of 11 stores. However, McMahon is sure no one has an Expressions like hers.
In anticipation of the downtown and Channel District residential projects, in various stages of development, McMahon said it is exactly where she wanted to be - barricaded streets and all.
``I've had my eye on the Channel District,'' she said, relaxing on a soft golden sofa in her 4,800-square-foot warehouse.
``I'm very excited this space was available,'' she said.
She is renting a 1923 warehouse from neighbor artist Dominique Martinez, owner of Rustic Steel Creations.
Expressions was in South Tampa for three years, but McMahon said when the property at 415 S. Dale Mabry Highway was sold the new owners wanted to raise the rent. She decided to be ahead of the curve in the Channel District, where upward of 1,600 residents are expected in the next five years.
``We'll have all kinds of interior designers and others catering to fixing up all these lofts and condos,'' said Bill White, who, with his wife, Genie, operates Artists Unlimited, a co-op in the Channel District. ``It's just a matter of time.''
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