Angela Pilloud adds to her collection of businesses along South Gaylord Street in Wash Park.
The owner of Devil’s Food Bakery and The Cookery in Myrtle Hill plans to open a flower and gift shop called Fern & Lois at 1000 S. Gaylord St., two storefronts from his bakery.
The Park coworking business opened along South Gaylord last year, and another office is under construction across from Devil’s Food. Pilloud said she believes the neighborhood is in demand for more retail.
“There have been a lot of changes in the neighborhood,” she said. “I think people really want to make sure there are always going to be stores.”
Fern & Lois takes 1400 square feet at the corner of Gaylord and East Tennessee Avenue. The gift items will include home decorations, candles, art, children’s books and toys, and potentially household items, furniture and antiques, Pilloud said.
This will be Fern & Lois’ second location. Pilloud first opened in January at 2378 S. Downing Street, near Porter Adventist Hospital.
Pilloud signed a three-year lease for the unit at 1000 S. Gaylord St., which is currently occupied by Center Strength Studios. Center Strength owner Suzanne Fanch told BusinessDen last year that she plans to consolidate two studios into one at 1058 S. Gaylord St.
Other recent changes to South Gaylord’s retail mix included the November closure of 45-year-old gift shop The Tended Thicket and two pet-related businesses.