ADA — Even if our flower beds aren’t blooming yet, it’s OK, because the new businesses on Main Street are in full bloom. In the first few months of 2014, three new businesses have filled the windows of Main Street: Barbers On Main, The Artist Boutique on Main, and Main Street Live.

BUKU Entertainment was founded by Main Street Live owner Reginald Keller whose life in music began in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1990s. Back in those days, Keller was locating and managing up-and-coming talent.

When asked what Main Street Live brings to Ada, Keller said, “It brings needed live entertainment to Ada and gives the students and the locals something to look forward to doing.”

In five years Keller envisions the Main Street Live stage filled with national artists. He also wants to give new artists a platform of support from which to launch their careers.

Barbers on Main was opened in January by Seth Miehls. He was fresh out of barber school and says opening the shop in Ada was a surprise that, “Just kind of fell together.”

His mom is an Ada graduate and he has family in Ada, making it a good fit for him.

In just a few months he has already gained a strong client base that is a mix of community and college members. A cut and shave costs just $10 and Miehls is experienced cutting all hair types. Be sure to stop in and check out the restored back bar which was built in the late 1800s. The shop has an old fashioned feel complete with a 1913 restored barber chair. Miehls even offers straight razor shaves.

The Artist Boutique on Main was founded by Deb Curlis and Jennifer McDougall and opened just one month ago. The mother-daughter team knew that Ada needed a shop like theirs because so many people make and sell unique items but lacked the storefront location.

Curlis said, “I knew lots of people who made things so I pulled everyone together and said, ‘I know this sounds crazy but let’s give it a try’”

Everyone agreed to a three month trial period and in just a few weeks the shop had enough vendors to sustain itself. They now have 28 different unique handmade vendors. The owners welcome new vendors and hope to expand into their backroom someday.

The boutique will hold events lead by their vendors. This week Ginger O’Connell held a jewelry making class. O’Connell taught the group how to make drop earrings.

While Barbers On Main, The Artist Boutique on Main and Main Street Live provide very different services they all have one thing in common: they love the town of Ada – students and locals - and are working hard to bring new energy to Main Street.