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The doors are opening to new shops on Ingleside Avenue. In the past year, three new boutique-style shops have popped up.

"This is going to be the boutique alley around Macon," says Magnolia Lace Co-Owner, Cindy McMichael. "It's going to be fun to shop here, where you can get clothes, home goods, antiques, all kinds of things."

On Saturday, Magnolia Lace opened its doors for business.

It is joining neighboring boutique, Jack and Darcy, which opened less than a year ago.

"There's a lot of potential," says styling manager, Ruth Watts. "Two new boutiques are opening next door, so we are very excited about the traffic that will bring in. There's art. There's food. There's hair. There's everything here."

Long- time shop owners along the street hope this will draw in new customers to the area.

"My dad called it a little outside mall," said Watts. "A little mini one. So I think that's definitely true.

Just because it is in with the new, it does not mean it is necessarily out with the old.

Mae Thompson has owned her antique business on Ingleside for 17 years.

"When people have family coming in from out of town, they bring them to the Ingleside area, because they remember it for years and years," Thompson said.

She has seen a lot of change. Stores come and go, but she says it is about keeping up with shoppers demands.

A common theme among business owners in the area is keeping Ingleside eclectic and keeping it local.

"This is a community of retailers," says Art on the Avenue co-owner, MJ Venrick. "It's not just a retailer. It's a community."

Ciao Bella is the newest boutique and that will open this week.


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