One evening last summer, Rachelle Timarac and a friend went to Bloomfield for pizza. Other people were walking and hanging out at sidewalk tables on Liberty Avenue.
“There was electricity in the air, and I got a really good vibe,” she said, “but I saw so many vacant storefronts and couldn’t understand why.”
One in particular caught her eye — 4615 Liberty Ave., a former Dollar Tree that had been vacant for almost two years. Five weeks ago, she opened GoldNGals, an antique jewelry store, there.
It is one of 14 new businesses that have opened in Bloomfield since 2011.