It might not look like much now, but in a couple of months a building on Pass Road could be a destination for the Coast’s caffeination crowd, as well as brides-to-be and those looking for brand-name apparel at low prices.
The building at Pass Road and 18th Avenue — 1720 Pass Road, to be exact — is getting a face-lift, said Adrian Holland, owner of Bridal & Formal Boutique/House of Tux, and Back on the Rack Upscale Resale.
“We bought the building last July,” she said.
Through the past year, city permits and other paperwork plus construction have been slowly transforming what had been Beach Cycle & Supply Co. decades ago and most recently a mattress store before 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, she said.
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The 12,000 square feet of retail space will become the new home of the bridal and formals store as well as Back on the Rack. The consignment store, which opened in 2013 in the Gulfport Train Depot, has outgrown its location, Holland said.
House of Tux is just a couple of blocks away from its future location. It opened in 1984.
“We’re planning to open the second week of November,” Holland said.
Now about that caffeine. A father-and-daughter team are renting space in the building for Boozer’s Brew & A Cafe, Too, a coffee shop. Yes, coffee, not the other brew. There’s an explanation.
“Boozer is my maiden name, and my father and I own it,” Jamie Boozer Wayne said. “My sisters will be working there, too.”
Wayne has nine years of coffee experience altogether, having started working in a coffee shop while in high school. She and dad Ken Boozer will offer medium- and dark-roast coffee and drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos and frozen coffee treats.
“We’ll also have breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches and salads — and pastries,” she said.
The 1,300-square-foot coffee shop will have an outdoor courtyard in the back, Wayne said.
Boozer’s Brew will open at the same time as the retail stores, she said.