PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Business is booming in Downtown Paragould. Last year, five businesses opened or relocated to downtown. Two more businesses are opening this month.
According to Main Street Paragould, tens of thousands of dollars were spent last year in upgrading facades and repairing some buildings. Right now, plans are in place for a major streetscape redesign to help beautify and light downtown as well as replace the old sidewalks.
For businesses that have operated in Downtown Paragould for years, it's promising to see this growth.
"We're having more people come and visit downtown and we need to make our downtown a destination location and the more businesses that are here will create that destination," Tracy Mothershed, owner of Something Sweet, said.
This will be Something Sweet's fourth year of operation in Downtown. Mothershed said they've seen businesses come and go in that time span.
"It's like we take two or three steps forward, then we take a step back," Mothershed said. "But I feel like we're finally in that momentum and things are moving forward."
As Downtown Paragould has grown, a variety of businesses have come to the area.
The area has everything from restaurants and bakeries to hair salons and website consultation firms.
Ben Mooneyham is the Creative Director at Bluewall on Main Street. The business relocated to Downtown Paragould two years ago and has high hopes for what the area can become.
"We want people to be able to come down here and go to one place and walk down the street a little bit and go to another and another and then get something to eat and maybe even have something to do after they eat," Mooneyham said.
Both Mothershed and Mooneyham are affiliated with Main Street Paragould as well. Mothershed serves as the president and Mooneyham is a board member.
They explained that the organization helps businesses, new and old, with promotion and operating their business.
"We're there for that to help them get started with paperwork and to know what to do," Mothershed said.
Right now, there is only one storefront left that is available to rent in Downtown Paragould.
The newest businesses to make Downtown home are Perfect Touch, located on West Garland and The Chocolate Choo Choo, located on South Pruett.