Aviles Street in St Augustine Florida is the oldest street in the nation and an original art district as well as the location for an early church, cemetary, a jail, hospitals, boarding houses and schools. Through the years there have been alot of stores and memorable people selling their wares. Later in the 1960's it was the original location of the Tradewinds Bar. Aviles Street was renovated a few years ago with help from the city and was made sidewalk cafe friendly and now is the home to bar and restaurants with sidewalk seating.
Across the street from the General Kirby House, which is now the home to the Historic Society is the Hamblen- Holiday Building. Built between 1864 and 1885, the building is actually 2 warehouse buildings used by Hamblen Hardware that were joined together and renovated into studio spaces. This building now houses retail spaces on Aviles Street and Charlotte Street and artists' studios on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
In the 80's, the building housed the Aviles Street Restaurant serving Swedish Pancakes and Comachos serving Cuban Fare. These were popular places to eat. Following in its history of artists and crative people in the building we now house the 11 Aviles Street Artsists and Craftsmen Guild. on the web www.11avilesstreet.com
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Welcome to Aviles Street, St Augustine, Florida. This is the original artist district, and this street is rich in history. Come shop in galleries, paint a painting or dine right on the oldest street in the nation, Aviles Street. Currently we are walking only traffic. Aviles Street is home to the 11 Aviles Street Arts and Craftsmen Guild. A list of businesses at 11 Aviles Street include Candida's Closet, Joel Bagnal Goldmith, Bouvier Maps and Prints, Dan Holiday Leather, Georgia Nick Gallery, Aviles Gallery and Professional Artists of St. Augustine Gallery as well as Artist Studios on the 2nd and 3rd Floor. On this ancient picturesque cobblestone street discover many historical museums, a historic well and shops and galleries with all styles of art and jewelry, Cuban, Greek, Polish ,Italian and American cuisine, and peace pies. Located in the heart of Old Town,(2 blocks west from the city marina) head southeast from St. George Street across the plaza. Look for the archway and the authentic cobblestone street. Currently, Aviles Street is closed to vehicular traffic due to some construction but all businesses are open .
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