Whether it’s the on-site parking, the low-risk rental costs, or just a fondness for the surrounding neighborhood she’s long called home, owner and operator of the new Ada Mae clothing and accessories boutique says her new retail space in Suite B of Fulton Square is fitting in quite nicely.
“Our space is beautiful, small, and efficient, so we’re not dealing with a huge overhead,” says Jessica Smith, a longtime resident of Fulton Heights and former manager of East Hills’ Global Infusions. “…The reception has been great and I am so excited to get to know the neighborhood.”
Located at 1 Carlton Avenue, Ada Mae features a selection of unique, handmade clothing and accessories by designers from the US and Europe, with an emphasis on small independent lines, including many hyper-local brands exclusive to Grand Rapids.
“On behalf of Orion Real Estate Solutions and our project partners, we warmly welcome Ada Mae to Fulton Square. Jessica and her, team have put in the hard work and we wish her success in her new space, ” says Jason Wheeler, spokesperson for Orion Real Estate Solutions, who says Ada Mae works with Fulton Square’s mixed-use structure and local clientele.
Touted by Orion as a “housing solution for graduate students, young professionals, and college administration” designed to serve as a neighborhood social hub, the mixed-used development features 47 market-rate apartments — all of which have already been leased — Fulton Square also brings three ground-floor retail shops and a restaurant space to a location that almost literally straddles the line between the Fulton Heights and Eastown neighborhoods.
“….We have great synergy amongst the incoming retailers entering the development that really breathes the life into the ground floor at Fulton Square,” says Wheeler, whose company announced its fourth and final commercial tenant just yesterday, welcoming the locally owned E & L Salon into a space adjacent to Ada Mae’s 991-square-foot retail bay.
“We are so excited to be welcoming this healthy mix of retailers, risk-takers, and community-minded business owners to Fulton Square,” Wheeler says. “We just welcomed Ada Mae last week and now we’re preparing to move in E & L Salon into the adjacent space. This is another group of brilliant women with a vision for their business, a love for the neighborhood, and a business offering that compliments the overall offering at Fulton Square.”
Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Orion Real Estate Solutions