In 20 years, Buddy Nelms grows The Lo...

In 20 years, Buddy Nelms grows The Loft into multidimensional business

There are 6 comments on the Ledger-Enquirer.com story from Jun 3, 2012, titled In 20 years, Buddy Nelms grows The Loft into multidimensional business. In it, Ledger-Enquirer.com reports that:

There was a party downtown last night -- the 20th anniversary of The Loft, a music venue Buddy Nelms birthed against tall odds and government resistance.

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“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1 Jun 3, 2012
Congratulations to Buddy Nelms & The Loft!

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#6 Oct 31, 2013
No argument, The Loft is the lynchpin, the catalyst of the Columbus-Phenix City music scene as we now know it.
Dwayne

Pittsview, AL

#8 Nov 1, 2013
They have advanced because of no open mics now

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#9 Nov 1, 2013
once again wrote:
you should be a hollywood film poster hack. LYNCHPIN, CATALYST. You love big words. Think about that people. He used LYNCHPIN and CATALYST to describe an average every day night club.
The description us an apt one, so be it.

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#11 Nov 1, 2013
so be it wrote:
so be it. you wear that phrase out too.
Yet you still hang on my every word...

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#13 Jun 21, 2015
[Here is one article where Buddy Nelms is featured, and seems to have no problem being mentioned and interviewed.

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Buddy Nelms, a pioneer of sorts after opening The Loft nightclub in 1992, at the trough of downtown inactivity, describes how he knows dynamics have changed and the rebound is now in full swing.

He now also operates two restaurants -- Downstairs at The Loft and Mabella -- a bicycle shop and, most recently, a smoothie business.

"I would go into my businesses and 80 percent of the people that walked in the door, I would know them, I would recognize them," he said.

"Now I don't even recognize 20 percent. I have left my house (on Broadway) and walked down to a festival in my hometown and not recognized anybody. So that rotation, that constant influx of people coming into the market, is there."

The seeds of that activity have been planted over the last several years, with another key element being the creation of loft apartments and condos in the downtown area, including the large Eagle & Phenix development in a former textile mill overlooking the river. That brought more people who began spending money for their needs, but also hopping on the Chattahoochee RiverWalk for bicycle rides and leisurely strolls.

Read more here: Downtown Columbus on a roll, but is hungry for more | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer
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The Loft is the lynchpin, the catalyst of the Columbus-Phenix City music scene as we now know it.

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