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Downtown Lubbock Mainstays

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A thriving downtown focuses culture, talent and innovation on the idea that a walk down the street can transform into an unforgettable experience. The revitalization efforts of Lubbock’s downtown remained a top priority since the spur of development just half a decade ago. 

With new businesses moving into the Business District and new attractions driving downtown tourism to the Cultural District and Depot Entertainment District, what once was ground zero for the 1970 Lubbock tornado has seen a rebirth with the significant investments made to the area. 

We would be remiss if we didn’t highlight the downtown mainstays that have continued to invest and share the same vision for the area. These local business owners as well as the citizens of Lubbock offer the support needed for a start-up company to succeed and a long-time, local business to remain an integral partner within our business community.

Cast Iron Grill

In 2007, Theresa Stephens turned a prayer into her mission with the opening of Cast Iron Grill. Known to be the place where pie for breakfast isn’t a delicacy, it’s a regular occurrence, and where the true value of a southern, home cooked meal is the main ingredient. Located in a building with a long history on 19th street, today it serves as the everyday meeting place for the regulars and a great option for those looking to indulge. 

Cactus Theater

Originally opened in April 1938, Cactus Theater was the very first neighborhood movie theatre. Movie goers of all ages frequented the theater’s satin seats for a night on the town. In 1958, after the closing of the movie house, this booming facility was used as a storage facility for neighboring businesses. In 1993, local music producer Don Caldwell envisioned a new purpose for this beautiful historic theatre to provide a unique venue to showcase West Texas performers. Today, Cactus Theater is a thriving Lubbock venue for local talent and touring acts. See where history meets contemporary by purchasing your tickets for a performance at the Cactus Theater today!

McPherson Cellars

Known for his award-winning wine and grandiose, German wit, Kim McPherson is the owner and winemaker at McPherson Cellars, an urban winery in the heart of Lubbock’s Depot Entertainment District. With a love for historic buildings, Kim selected the historic Coca-Cola bottling plant as the home for his winery. In December 2008, McPherson Cellars officially opened. Although the history of the building is an unforgettable and unique touch, the true focal point is the wine. Book your tasting at McPherson Cellars to experience the taste of the Texas High Plains!

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A true downtown pioneer, Ross and Pat McWhorter started selling tires in downtown Lubbock in 1942. Today, McWhorter’s Tire & Auto Service in downtown is home office to one of the largest tire dealers and auto service centers in the Panhandle. 

With a vision and long-term perspective, these businesses have become catalytic in the city’s downtown revitalization efforts. The “if you build it they will come” mentality created a culture of collaboration, support and growth among the established residents and newcomers to the downtown scene. A strong downtown retains activity and stimulates further development. At LEDA, we believe downtown is the epicenter for business, entertainment, and social activities, serving as the heart of the city. 

For more information on how you can become part of Lubbock’s flourishing downtown business community, contact Jorge Quirino, director of downtown and special projects for LEDA.

“Lubbock is quietly becoming a mecca of development across the country.”

Brian Cook