Downtown Means Business, They Hope

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Shop owners in downtown Valdosta want to attract more folks, and that's why business owners are jumping on board a new program called "Downtown Fridays" on the first Friday of the month.

Niki Knox, Main Street Director, says, "I think everything you can do to put it back in people's minds is very good. I think we have a weekend packed full of events, which will cater to a variety of different audiences, so I think this is really a targeted market."

Participating shops will stay open longer and even offer party-type food to get folks interested and excited.

Fans of downtown Valdosta say they hope this monthly event will draw more visitors and shoppers to the area, but they also hope it draws new business owners who may want to open up shop and help provide more economic opportunity to the downtown area.

Ouida Lampert, an art shop owner, says, "Actually, different businesses draw different people down, so it might be someone coming for a different shop and they could see my business or vice versa, so the more [businesses] we have, the better."

Knox adds, "This event plays a large part in being able to recruit new business. They see it’s a happening place, there's things going on, there's a night life."

All of which will be highlighted during similar events on the first Friday night of each coming month.

Valdosta's Downtown Friday events start at 5:30 and last until 9 p.m.