ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Imperial Building downtown opened late this summer after years of planning. The new mixed housing and business community is still growing, adding new shops constantly.
“Right now, it’s just a matter of growing our businesses together,” said Jerome Gonzales, owner of Salon Jerome.
A community: that’s what business owners at the Imperial Building on Second and Silver call their new home.
“I was really seeing a big change in downtown and I thought it was the best thing to do was to relocate my business to Downtown Albuquerque,” Gonzales said.
He moved his hair salon here from Nob Hill. His new location has only been open for about a month, but says he has high hopes for his new venture.
Meanwhile, the Imperial Building’s anchor, Silver Street Market, says the response from their customers has been great.
“It’s been a big leap of faith but I think it’ll continue to grow,” said Rob Ortman, owner of Silver Street Market.
He added the partnerships between the business owners here are a huge plus.
“This was collaborated from the very beginning to do this,” said Cecilia Schmider, owner of Maya Cuisine.
Cecilia Schmider and her co-owner opened Maya Cuisine just weeks ago, they visit the neighboring market daily.
Their food menu is in neighboring Monk’s Corner Taproom, while the Taproom’s drink menu is in their restaurant.
“That’s kind of the feedback that we get from everybody, that it’s nice to have this so if they come after work, especially downtown businesses, they can come and have a drink but then they don’t have to leave to go eat cause they can just eat in here,” Schmider said.
“I live downtown too, so the more people who are here and on the streets and being part of the community is the better,” Kathryn Anderson said.
The Imperial Building still has a few business vacancies.
It also features more than 70 apartment units upstairs, a roof top garden and underground parking.