Oscar’s news, opening of new shops a boon for business along crucial corridor in heart of city

A new shop that opened Thursday afternoon is now filling a key corner storefront downtown. There’s also news that one of the most loved businesses in the area will be there for a good long time.
The storefront formerly housing a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf location (at left) has finally been filled. That’s good news along a portion of Tahquitz Canyon Way that is a lively hub just off the city’s main drag.

The corridor along Tahquitz Canyon Way between Palm Canyon and Indian Canyon drives has always been a happening spot — the very center of Downtown Palm Springs. But it has also seen a lot of businesses come and go and some storefronts often sit empty for unbearably long stretches of time. 

A new business that opened Thursday afternoon is now filling a key corner spot at the entrance to that corridor, and there’s news that one of the most loved businesses in the area will be there for a good long time, where plans were once in place to replace it.

Driving the news: Oscar’s, the lively hotspot famed for its Sunday T-dance and often packed for everything from musical performances to drag shows, has reportedly signed a new, 20-year lease and has plans to expand.

  • Just last year the owners of the building Oscar’s is housed in, Grit Development, were planning to develop a hotel at the site. A pool would have gone where Oscar’s popular outdoor dance floor is located.

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In addition to that news, the doors were flung open Thursday afternoon at nearby Out West Trading Company. The latest location for a chain that offers high-quality tourism-related clothing and handcrafted goods is now open on the northeast corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz.

  • That storefront is located at one of the busiest intersections in the city. It’s a spot that has sat vacant for what seems like forever after a coffee and tea shop vacated the space.
  • It’s just a few doors down from a new bookstore that opened the week of Thanksgiving, and within earshot of Oscar’s.

But wait: We’ve been getting a few questions about whether there’s an update on the Agua Caliente Cultural Center, located kitty-corner from Oscar’s at the intersection of Tahquitz and Indian Canyon. We ran into some tribal officials at a recent event and can tell you there’s nothing new to report since we last wrote about the project  earlier this year

  • “I promise we are coming soon, even though I don’t have an actual date for it yet,” Agua Caliente Director of Public Relations Kate Anderson said last March, adding that it could be open in Spring 2023.

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