Rising rent pushes local businesses from South Congress strip

South Congress Massage relocated to 1512 1/2 S. Congress Ave., Austin, from its previous location at 1210 S. Congress Ave., Austin, on Aug. 1 after the business owner says her rent was tripled.

The relocation is the second on the strip that includes 1200-1210 S. Congress Ave. in as many months.

The Turquoise Door II, which opened in 1989 and sold American Indian jewelry and Latin American folk art, closed its storefront at 1208 S. Congress Ave. in July, when its lease expired. The owner said he would have preferred to remain in the location but high rent and unfavorable terms made it untenable.

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