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3.5 Retail & Restaurants
There are also a variety of retail products sold on White Street from boutique women’s clothing to art to antiques to hardware and garden supplies. There is, however, an opportunity to attract more restaurants and retailers to White Street, as there are some vacant shopfronts. Additionally, a few spaces are occupied by non-retail uses that do little to activate the street. Such businesses could locate anywhere in downtown or in greater Wake Forest, but do not have to be located on the main shopping and entertainment street, much less on the ground floor.
Existing retail and restaurant offerings in the downtown are predominantly clustered on White Street from Roosevelt to Owen and in the Renaissance Plaza Shopping Center on Elm Avenue (see Figure 3.5). White Street offers the most establishments and the widest variety, which is appropriate for the most prominent street in downtown Wake Forest. A variety of restaurants offer a range of different cuisines in downtown. The coffee shop culture has emerged in Wake Forest and there are three different coffee shops, one being a full-fledged coffee bean roaster.
S S Shorty’s on White Street
S S White Street retail shops
S S Back Alley Coffee Roasters on Brooks Street
S S Food truck on White Street
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