Downtown Hanceville sees new life

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Amy Hasenbein Leonard

HANCEVILLE – As the sun beamed down on a new day in Hanceville on Thursday, city leaders and members of the community came together to celebrate the ribbon cuttings and grand openings of businesses in the historic Romine building.

The C Street Café, Marcela’s Salon and Makeup and More participated in ribbon cuttings with representatives from the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce on hand as Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail wielded scissors at each location.

The C Street Café, a business venture between siblings Nail and Brenda Carter and the Collins family, held its soft opening two weeks ago, and business has been steady since according to Carter.

She shared, “We have our breakfast and then have lunch specials during the week but not on Saturdays. We’re going to have our first Steak Night on Friday night so we’ll see how that goes!”

Open Mondays through Saturdays, the café has daily hours of 7a.m.-2 p.m., making it the perfect stop for a breakfast on the way to the office or a nice, cool respite for lunch on a hot summer workday. The daily specials include everything from meatloaf with mashed potatoes, pinto beans and cornbread on Tuesdays to pork chops, green beans and potato salad on Thursdays. Stop in at 106 Commercial St. in Hanceville and try one of Carter’s well-loved desserts.

On down the block at 108B Commercial Street is Marcela’s Salon, opened by Pete and Marci Contreras. The full-service hair salon features cuts, color, permanent makeup, waxing and many other services that are new to the area in such a high-quality salon. The gracious owners offered free giveaways of their products and held a raffle for all of their visitors during the official grand opening.

Upstairs from the C Street Café, tenant Marie Barber Hartwig and her cat, White Kitty, allowed the public to tour her new apartment which required much ingenuity in remodeling by the owners. The apartment, a prototype for tentative future loft apartments in downtown Hanceville, is spacious, well-designed and appreciated by Hartwig.

Between the café and salon is Rambling Rose Antiques and farther east is Makeup and More, a Mary Kay shop owned by Tonja Armstrong.

The Romine building is now owned and the remodeling overseen by Nail and local businessman Nolan Bradford. Many residents voiced their approval of the revived building as they feared the structure would be torn down in favor of a new construction. Yet, the Romine building stands strong and proud, steeped in history and refreshed hope for the future of the revitalization of downtown Hanceville.