Cotton Club/Perryman’s Grocery Revitalization & Farmer’s Market

Location: 837 SE 7th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32641
Start Date: 2007
Key Partners: Cotton Club Museum Before Photos:
Estimated Completion Date: In Progress
Available Funding: $122,232


The CRA continues to assist with the restoration of the historic Cotton Club, an extraordinary historic and cultural resource to the North Central Florida region. In its prime, the Cotton Club hosted jazz legends such as BB King, Brook Benton, and James Brown, though over the years the property fell into disrepair. The revitalized site will honor this history, will serve as a venue for special events, and will function as a center for recreational, educational, cultural, and social opportunities. In addition to the Cotton Club structure itself, the site as a whole will also receive redevelopment attention and will host further community resources. With help from the CRA, the historic Perryman’s Grocery will also undergo renovation, including the installation of a commercial kitchen. This amenity will provide resources for local entrepreneurs to prepare food for sale in the Perryman’s shop, or at the on-site cultural Farmer’s Market which will be established as part of the overall Cotton Club revitalization. The Cotton Club represents an important part of Gainesville’s cultural heritage, and soon it will again serve as a unique and special attraction that will showcase East Gainesville to the entire community.