Since 2014, there’s been a domino effect of new businesses opening up in Juhl condominiums. The latest Greens & Proteins, a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant that has earned a reputation across the Valley, is what representative for the Juhl, Uri Vaknin, says is the condo’s second anchor business with Le Pho Vietnamese restaurant.
Today, Greens & Proteins celebrates their grand opening with the official acknowledgment of The Promenade at Juhl, 20,000 square feet of retail space on ground level, with a champagne toast and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Carolyn Goodman from 5- 5:30 p.m.
Vaknin became a representative for condos on Third and Bonneville in 2014. “One of the first things I wanted to do was activate the streetscape and the retail at Juhl,” he says. “But we also wanted to do it very thoughtfully and strategically. We wanted to curate the retail to be amenities for our residents upstairs but also complement the neighborhood.”
Along with Greens and Proteins and Le Pho, other independent businesses include JAECI jewelry, The Classic Jewel cocktail bar (which is expanding into the space next door), A/V Boutique and Downtown Décor home theater retail and design stores. Most of the operators live and work in the Juhl.
Vaknin says they wanted to maintain the authentic feel and flavor of Downtown while creating a continuous retail, shopping experience from the Arts District to Fremont East.
Helping bridge that divide, Vaknin, a former art dealer and board member to bring an art museum to Symphony Park, made sure to incorporate an artist-in-residence program and galleries. The Juhl is home to Gallerie Miscrea8, owned by Tanya Michelle (who also owns Lil’ Art Bodega in Container Park) and is hosting Justin Favela for their artist in residence.
“The artist in residence program adds a whole new layer and texture to the community,” he says. “There is a resurgence of culture in Downtown and people in our building, they are the creative class. For them, culture is important.”
Two new businesses are slated to open in 2017: Get a Haircut men’s classic cuts and barbershop and The Corner Market higher-end convenience store. Vaknin says there are plans to introduce lifestyle events in the future as well. The first will be hosted by Favela in January.
There are three more workspaces and one more retail space available. Vaknin says they are currently in talks with new tenants. “If they come to fruition, they will be unbelievable,” he says.
Stop by the Juhl on November 17, take a photo in any store on site and post it with #PromenadeAtJuhl. Show the post to a store associate to receive a discount on stuff.