What's to Come in Downtown Thomasville?

By: Sean Lavin Email
By: Sean Lavin Email

Downtown Thomasville is called the heart of the community and a favorite among shoppers since the 1,800, but empty buildings are starting to cause concern with tourists.

Alabama newlyweds Emrist and Garrett Mustin are not fond of the broken windows and boarded up doors in some areas of downtown.

"We're lovers of downtown areas," Emrist Mustin said. "So we like to see the stores full."

Current business owners and downtown officials say there's no need to worry.

"There's always turnaround," said Jose Gonzalez who came all the way from Miami to open up shop downtown. "It has to be the right store for the right location."

Across the street from Gonzalez, Dana Davidoff of Fort Lauderdale opened up a store called Relish.

"We were looking for a better quality of life and we found it," Davidoff said.

Main Street Director Karen Smith says she's not surprised.

"Right now I do have some empty businesses," she says, "but I do have a long list of people waiting."

And since more and more entrepreneurs are moving here from Florida, new shops might replace empty buildings sooner than later.

Smith says some of those shops may include new restaurants and a new art gallery.

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