The Downtown Location

    • Lower rents: compared to a strip mall location, which lack character and foot traffic, rent is generally lower in the downtown.
    • Foot traffic: First Fridays,Farmers Market,Wine Walk, festivals, and events at the renovated Strand Theatre bring thousands of people to the sidewalk outside your storefront on an almost daily basis.
    • Investment: Recent streetscape investments, with additional improvements to be phased in; Way finding signs program directing visitors toward the historic downtown.
    • Recent designation of the downtown as an arts district.
    • Currently about 750 people employed in the downtown, within a short walking distance to your storefront.
    • The Downtown Public Square is a free Wi-Fi Hot Spot.

    Financial Incentives

    • Facade Grant Program for exterior building improvements.
    • Interior Grant Program and Rent Subsidy Programs
    • Additional assistance with building improvements: Mainstreet offers design assistance, help with the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
    • Recent designation of the downtown as an arts district.
    • Financing: Assistance navigating the Small Business Recovery Act loans, SBDC and SBA loans and programs.
    • Co-op marketing opportunities with the Downtown Businesses and vibrant “Buy Local” campaign.