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Capturing Ennis’ window in time

By Mark Warde

When history repeats itself, Dennis Zembala is a happy man.

Throughout the downtown district there are multiple restoration projects currently experiencing rebirth. The momentum is somewhat like a wave, cresting just before it reaches land.

“I’m very happy to see what’s going on,” said Zembala, who serves on the Ennis Historical Society. Preferring the term, adaptive reuse, the turning of old things into current use, keeps his motor running. “The idea of people walking downtown to shop and eat, not to mention resting on city benches to watch the trains go by,” he said in a reference to what many folks do in neighboring Ferris.

According to Marty Nelson, coordinator of the Ennis Economic Development Corporation, there are six plans currently materializing in midtown. As recently as two years ago a pessimistic sense regarding the potential for a revival downtown was fairly common, if not prevalent.

Nelson pointed out Pop Top Coffee Shop, on the corner of North Dallas and West Knox, and Kindred Soule, caddy-corner, are just the latest to open their doors on Dallas Street, which Zembala says was the social center of town years ago.

“Instead of tearing down and building new structures,” he said from within the Emporium on Friday, “people are realizing that restoring history is one thing that no one can create.”

Three apartment lofts above Kindred Soule will soon be occupied, before three side-by-side projects next to Pop Top are undergoing daily renovation. Each have tenants waiting; a hair salon from Dallas, an office for an insurance company moving to Ennis as well as Your Spirit Sparkle, which is relocating from Main Street.

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