Madison's Park Street has an up-and-down past, but it seems to be going through a revival with several businesses reopening there.
A Park Street staple, Lane's Bakery, expects to reopen Sept. 1, about a year after it closed. Its new location at the south end of the Villager Mall isn't far from its original spot.
Park Street also helps connect businesses to customers because it's a gateway into Madison. But while there's potential to pick up business from people passing through, the street's revitalization instead entices everyone to stop and stay awhile.
"It's just a wonderful feeling," Imelda Perez said over the music at Taqueria Guadalajara. The family-owned business is celebrating reopening on Thursday. "It was a big issue, the whole family didn't have a job, but we made it."
The Perez family built its business on Park Street seven years ago. The family never thought about rebuilding anywhere but there.