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Jazz club building re-opens

Three years after the Main Street Jazz Restaurant closed, it is getting new life in the form of a business moving into the property.

Embroidery Etc. moved into the building from a shop next door. Owner Jennifer Groves said she was grateful she was able to purchase the building.

“I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to purchase it,” she said. “I’ve always loved the building.”

Councilman Charles Parr hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday, along with members of the city’s Economic Development department, Groves and her family, employees and friends.

The business offers embroidery, screen printing and paper printing products and services. The first floor will house space to work and a showroom for customers to come browse the selection, and the third floor will contain offices.

Groves hopes to turn the second floor, which features a bar, stage and dance floor, into a special-events venue. She already has applied for a conditional use permit.

“It’s pretty cool,” she said Friday. “I’ve picked up lots of new customers.”

The building was constructed in the 1930s and was an antiques shop before it was a jazz club.

“We appreciate you expanding your business and keeping it in Suffolk,” Parr said during the ribbon cutting. “And bringing the building back alive.”

“With the growing trend of businesses using embroidery services, it is great to hear that Embroidery Etc. has decided to expand their business within Suffolk,” Mayor Linda T. Johnson stated in a press release. “It is truly gratifying to see their continued success.”