BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A year-end report shows 13 new businesses opened or relocated to downtown Batesville this past year.
Main Street Batesville Director Joel Williams is pleased with the growth and hopes more businesses will continue to move into the area.
"It is really exciting to see tons of people walking up and down the street," Williams said.
An entire new business is currently being built on Main Street. The building will be a coffee shop with outside seating for customers.
Haley and Brice Stephens are the owners of the business. They said the coffee shop will also offer various food items.
The couple wants to create a welcoming environment indoor and outdoor.
They hope to have occasional live music and display local artist once the coffee shop is open.
Williams said he is excited to welcome them to downtown.
"We are so excited to actually have them down here, it kind of shows that our plan that everyone was worried about is working," Williams said. "It's actually developing the way we need it to and really creating a livelier environment."
Williams said he heard the projected opening date for the coffee shop is sometime around April. The outside of the building is nearing completion now.
He also said the street project for downtown will be done near the end of next year.
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