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Out with the old, in with the new downtown Hillsboro businesses

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Amelias Restaurant is one of a handful of businesses expanding in downtown Hillsboro.It’s a new year and downtown Hillsboro is gearing up to welcome a few new businesses to the the fold.

Here’s a quick update on what’s new and what’s in the works in downtown Hillsboro.

Late last year:

n Amelia’s Restaurant, specializing in Oaxacan Mexican cuisine, expanded its footprint. The expansion enhances the ambience and allows for more customer seating. The exterior of the building on the corner of Fourth and Main also got a bright new makeover with the addition of a mural.

n Chop Shop Hair Studio on Washington Street expanded to include a second location. Differing from the original barber shop, the new location at 131 S.E. Third Ave. is called Chop Shop XOXO Salon and offers women’s haircuts. The salon is decked out with a graffiti wall and funky decorations that reflect the artistic stylings of the cuts, colors and hairdos offered.

n Dental Care Today is now open to the public at 150 S.E. Third Ave.

n Diversity Café opened Dec. 15 at 230 E. Main St. Specializing in modern western cuisine with a southern twist, the restaurant offers local, sustainable products. Not only are the fish and meat dishes all locally sourced, the homemade pastries, cupcakes, croissants and brownies are made from scratch and can be paired with locally sourced coffee. The cafe is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

To come in 2016:

n The new owners of the current Jasmine Thai restaurant, adjacent to the Civic Center, are planning to open a Mediterranean restaurant in just a few weeks. Aybla Mediterranean Grill will be open for business this month.

n Decadent Creations Bakery & Café will open in the spring of 2016 on Third Avenue.