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Downtown businesses doing Main Street shuffle

Almost like a game of musical chairs, two established Jonesborough businesses will be moving and will become neighbors in the center of the downtown historic district, a third will stay put but has expanded its services to Johnson City, and a fourth will move just a few doors down the street.
Movement and expansion plans are in motion for Marj On Main, The Dining Room, The Crazy Cupcake and The Lollipop Shop.
Marj On Main owner Jeanette McCoy Miller said she is looking forward to moving across the street from her current location at 121 W. Main St., where the store has been for five years, to the space formerly occupied by Ghost Town Diner at 103 E. Main St.
“I’m very excited about the move,” Miller said. “The new location will put us more in the center of all the Jonesborough events and activities.”
The building’s former tenants also include the Cranberry Thistle and in earlier days, a ladies clothing shop, Nayno’s, which had a good run in Jonesborough, Miller said.
“Nayno’s was a very popular shop in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s,” she added. “I hope their good luck will rub off on me.”
Miller said she plans to close her current shop on Dec. 23 and reopen across the street on Jan. 6, 2014.
The new store will have an official grand opening in the spring and will feature new décor, new clothing lines and expanded accessory lines, she said.
The new Marj on Main store will also have a new neighbor in the former Bistro 105 locations — The Dining Room. And if the restaurant has extended hours, Miller says she may follow suit by staying open later in the evening.
The Dining Room co-owner, Christine Edwards, said she will move her business across the street from its spot in the Old Town Hall building at 148 E. Main to fill a long-empty building previously occupied by Bistro 105 located at 105 E. Main St.
Although exact dates for closing and reopening have yet to be firmed up, Edwards said she and co-owner and chef, Hugo Angel, plan to reopen in their new venue in January.
“The layout of our current building is a challenge and we need a bigger kitchen,” Edwards said. ”We’ve just outgrown our space. When we started this five years ago, we had no idea that it would be what it is today. We have a passion for cooking and we want to try so many things and here, we’re limited.”
Edwards said there will definitely be changes once they reopen, which include applying for a liquor license so they can offer a full range of beers, wines and cocktails, introducing a tapas menu, increasing the restaurant’s evening hours and even possibly including some live Cuban music.
“We’ve been in this location five years and we’re ready for something better,” Edwards said. “Our clientele has been so supportive and this is a win-win situation for us.”
Locally-owned gourmet cupcake shop, The Crazy Cupcake, has also spread its wings. Owners Allison and D.J. Winfield say they will keep their current location going at 135 E. Main St., where they have been for nearly three years, but starting Nov. 17, they also have a new Johnson City location — a cart on the second level of the Johnson City Mall.
“Customers have been asking us to have something in Johnson City and things just fell into place for us,” Allison Winfield said. “This was the last cart available at the mall and the timing is right. It works out well.”
Winfield said the Crazy Cupcake will offer six cupcake favors at their mall location and 10 at their Jonesborough shop. Anyone who wants to place a custom order can do so at the Jonesborough location.
Meanwhile, The Lollipop Shop, which has made its home at 123 E. Main St. for the past 12.5 years, will be moving just down the street to the former Old Sweet Shop building, located at 129 E. Main.
Owner Jeff Gurley said he plans to reopen his business in its new location on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m., and children from the Holston Home for Children will be the new store’s first guests of honor.
“We will continue to offer all sorts of sweets, with over 400 kinds of candy from the past and present,” Gurley said, adding that the business will also continue to host birthday parties featuring their fillable Stuff-a-Buddy animals.