Businesses blooming in Downtown Albany

Bella Donna Handbags are now being sold in Verge

Business is blossoming in Downtown Albany â" three new shops are planting their seeds in the developing area.

Inside Verge, located on Washington Street, will be Organic Charms and Bella Donna Handbags: Both owned by Albany State students.

Organic Charms offers "eco-chic" jewelry made with natural products, owned by Dee and Melvin Harris from Albany State.

Bella Donna Handbags are hand-designed with unique buttons and trinkets. The one-of-a-kind purses are made by Sonique O'Neal, Marketing major at Albany State University.

At 111 South Jackson â" across the street from Jackson Street Antiques â" will be Global Essence. The store is owned by Albany Tech GOAL Winner Patrick Jenkins.