Business Is Booming In Downtown Paragould

Paragould, AR (KAIT) -- Whether it's cutting back or shutting down, these days many businesses are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet, but don't spread that bad news in downtown Paragould.

Amanda Hood opened Posh Little Baby Boutique in January. Her shop is one of many thriving businesses lining the streets of downtown Paragould. She's not letting a dismal economy discourage her desire to own her own business.

"Even when you open a business in a situation when the economy is not as bad as it is, you never know if it's going to work out or not--you just take that chance, " said Hood.

Shear Glitz owner, Patty Garner, took her own chance on downtown Paragould about a year and a half ago.  You could call Patty a cheerleader for downtown Paragould.  She's aware of the troubled economy, but she says it's not slowing her down.

"Everyday when I come in and I unlock my door and I have customers come in, I'm grateful. I'm very grateful that I'm here," said Garner.

"You see it on the TV  everyday and you say I hope that's not me," said Uptown Interiors Manager, Cheryl Tyner.

Many call Uptown Interiors a staple of downtown Paragould. They've been here five years, and Tyner says each year gets better.

"They've been good to us. We've been steady and we still see an increase in sales every month," said Tyner.

"It's amazing what it does. How many people it brings together that probably wouldn't be together if it wasn't for the coffee shop," said Angela Brown.

Across from Uptown Interiors sits Sugarbakers.  The coffee shop just celebrated its one year anniversary in downtown Paragould.  Owner, Angela Brown, calls her quaint coffee shop an escape.

"We were really frightened in this economy when we started out, but I think people are looking for a place to have a happy moment," said Brown.

From restaurants to shopping, many of the business owners say they've worked hard to make downtown Paragould a place where there's something for everyone. While it's not easy to open a business, especially in tough economic times, many business owners say--it's worth the risk.