Small Town Escape: Newberry in Western Alachua County
Many consider Newberry to be a “suburb” of busy Gainesville, the county seat of Alachua County, Florida. Located at the crossroads of US27 and SR26, it seems Newberry is often overlooked by folks traveling through the downtown. Newberry’s official Main Street is US27, but it’s along east/west SR26 (Newberry Road/University Avenue if you’re heading west from Gainesville) where you’ll find the Historic District, with some interesting shopping opportunities and places to eat.
Newberry’s Main Street Organization has done a stellar job of attracting and sustaining several small businesses, including the Fire House Gallery & Studio at 25435 West Newberry Road, just up the street from the Country Kitchen restaurant.
There are also some long-established businesses along Newberry Road (SR26), including Newberry Cold Storage, the source of some excellent bacon and sausage, and Newberry’s Backyard Bar-B-Q.