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Children giggle and splash in the interactive fountain. Couples stroll the sidewalks or share the swinging benches. Colorful banners ring the amphitheater, advertising the next outdoor event.

On West Lawrenceville Street, the historic Knox House has been renovated as home to grassroots girls. Renee Izadi and Nancy Wallace recently expanded their shop, which offers a wide variety of garden and home d?cor items, from birdhouses and garden sculptures crafted by American artisans to topiaries, lamps and stained glass window panels. Plan a fountain for your yard or a garden party for your friends # grassroots girls have everything you need.

Further down Main Street, Sensibly Chic has also expanded, thanks to the success of its first year. Specializing in #gently used# furniture and home accessories, owners Karen Murphy and Marcia Sandford have opened a second storefront that includes studio space for artist Teresa Sopp. Sopp#s custom-painted designs transform vintage furniture into family heirlooms.

More artists are in residence just down the street. John#s Stained Glass sells supplies for stained glass art as well as made to order glass art. Huthmaker Violins has been a Duluth institution for 15 years, specializing in sales, rental and restoration of string instruments and bows.

For distinctive home accessories, a stop by Priscilla & Co. is a must. Owner Hailey Ischo#s custom window treatments and blinds are supplemented by an assortment of gifts, jewelry, candles and art. Next door, Mint Julep offers unique gifts and accessories as well as interior design services; and nine-year Duluth veteran, A Rare Find, also offers a wide selection of furniture and accessories plus interior design services.

Once you#ve browsed Main Street#s enchanting shops, it#s time for lunch at The Soda Shop. Shelves lined with magazines, newspapers and board games encourage customers to linger over deli sandwiches, soups and salads, topped off by The Soda Shop#s famous milkshakes, sundaes or authentically delicious cr?me sodas. Outdoor tables on the patio give an excellent view of activity around the fountain and the Festival Center amphitheater. Don#t worry about the extra calories # you can work those off at North Atlanta Pilates and Yoga, another of Main Street#s new businesses.

The thriving merchants and beautifully landscaped, 4.5 acre Town Green represent the first phase of a revitalization project that is bringing merchants, businesses and even residents into downtown Duluth. Nearby, on Hill Street, construction is beginning on nearly 120,000 square feet of shops and office space along with loft-style homes, condominiums and townhomes. A dream of area developers for many years, the renovation has created a true sense of community and pride in Duluth.

Upcoming Events in Duluth#s Town Square

June 21 # Farmer#s Market, 8 a.m. to Noon, Main Street

June 21 # Summerstage Concert, Festival Center # Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band, 7 p.m.

June 28 # Farmer#s Market, 8 a.m. to Noon, Main Street

July 12 # Aurora Theater presents Camelot

July 19 # Farmer#s Market, 8 a.m. to Noon, Main Street

August 8 # Flicks on the Bricks Family Film Festival

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sunset (approx. 8:30 p.m.)

August 16 # Farmer#s Market, 8 a.m. to Noon, Main Street

August 23 # Farmer#s Market, 8 a.m. to Noon, Main Street

August 23 # Summerstage Concert, Festival Center # Oldies Concert, 7 p.m.

August 30 # Farmer#s Market, 8 a.m. to Noon, Main Street

September 27 # Fall Festival Concert, Festival Center

October 25 # Flicks on the Bricks Family Film Festival

Walt Disney#s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sunset (approx. 6:50 p.m.)