EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWS'Go To Hale' Increases Customer Traffic To Hale Street Businesses
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Reported by: Sean Delancey
Reported: Jun. 28, 2014 11:17 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
For three weeks, businesses on Hale Street have been preparing to strut their stuff as part of FestivALL.
Businesses, both new and old, were teaming up to bring foot traffic to the street in the "Go to Hale" event.
"Hale street is kind of flaring up," Scott Spencer, the owner of Tops Off Barber Shop, said.
Spencer, the driving force behind the event, is glad to see new businesses coming to this part of downtown Charleston.
The Art Store just opened Thursday.
Its owner, Lisa Fischer-Casto, said the move looks like the right decision.
"What's not to like about Hale Street?" she said.
In fact, she's been able to sell several local paintings and items pottery, thanks to increased foot traffic.
Events like FestivALL aren't something she'd see at her old store.
"It's exciting,” she said. “Just having the exposure because of the Art Walk is exciting."
Spencer said there's only one issue with Hale Street” People can't shop there if they can't park there.
"Our people are looking for more parking downtown, to visit downtown more often," he said.
But despite that hiccup, business owners often find a home in the area.
"For that person who says, ‘I want my own business,’ well, here in Charleston, the opportunity is here," Spencer said.
The Hale Street fun continues Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.
All the activity downtown is certainly a welcome shot in the arm for the local economy, after a tough start to the year because of the harsh winter and the water crisis.
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