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Small businesses on trend to save downtown Columbia

'To the Nines' effort & how small businesses across America are saving small towns
Three opportunities in the coming ten days show that Columbia is all-business in the month of August. From open-late hours in the 'To the Nines' downtown event, to a report on the Retail Academy, to a message about supporting local entrepreneurs at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 11:45amCT at the Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting, Roberta Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia. - it's all about small business, all open to the public, and filled with possibilities.
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By Linda Waggener

Downtown Columbia, with its multitude of start-up and expanding small businesses, is right on trend nationally according to the article at this link about how small businesses across America are saving downtowns.

Many of these businesses will be staying open until 9pmCT this coming Friday night, August 10, 2018, in an effort to attract shoppers who need convenient hours to see what is being developed locally. Their theme is 'To the Nines.'

The evening before this event, at 6pmCT Thursday, August 9, 2018, in Lindsey's Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY, the Columbia/Adair Economic Development Authority (EDA) will share marketing information and ideas learned at the Retail Academy earier this year to help local entrapreneurs.

Small business support will be the topic of speaker Luke Ramsay, Economic Development Extension Specialist with the Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), at the August 14, 2018 Columbia/Adair Chamber of Commerce luncheon, 11:30amCT at Lindsey Wilson's Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive. To glimpse a bit of what he will be sharing, click here to read some of his suggestions on how to support entrepreneurs.

As a City Council member, I continuosly study possibilities that can add jobs in Columbia, and research ideas to improve historic downtown. This month's opportunities to focus on jobs and small business development are all for the public, all filled with possibilities. For more information, or to add information about any of these or other related events, just click 'contact' or 'comment' below and email us directly.

This story was posted on 2018-08-04 23:03:28
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Retail revival happening around the Public Square in Columbia

2018-08-04 - Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Small businesses are being added all around Columbia and a retail revival of sorts is taking place with a kickoff event called 'To the Nines' coming up Friday, August 10, 2018, when many of the stores within walking distance of the Square are staying open until 9pmCT. The view in this photo is from within the expanded Nanwood Market in the refurbished historic building at 206 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The people's house - the Courthouse in the center of it all - waits patiently while citizens decide its fate. - LW

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Come to Columbia - and have camera at the ready!!!

2018-08-05 - Flower Garden, 328 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
There are stop-in-your-tracks photos everywhere one turns on the Square in Downtown Columbia, where evolutionary changes are taking place, melding a sacred past with long-held goals of the past. This scene was captured early Friday morning, August 3, 2018, while sharing the Square and maybe unseen others. This was taken with CM's 'Good Camera' but showstoppers come just as often using a cellphone - often better ones, particularly high noon. Where else is window shopping so good? - EW

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City Lights of New Columbia - Coming into 'Happening Town(s)'

2018-08-07 - Pinewood Shopping Center, New Columbia, Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Haiku by Robert Stone on recently averred "When you are seeing/lights of towns after midnight/size is suggested." It was only after supper time Monday night, August 6, 2018, but size and activity was suggested by the night skyline of New Columbia with the glowing lights of construction at the Magic Market, a full frontal view of the Raider Bob CAUD water tower, and parking lot lights providing many moons on the lower horizon. New Columbia was "a happening town", as former Mayor Pat Bell liked to say of Columbia. Out of frame, the new Black Stallion Steakhouse was a buzz with customers, even though the sign of the door begged customers to understand that during the soft opening days, the staff is in it's training week. Back on the Downtown Square - in its revival mode, it seemed as though 'To the Nine's' were already happening. The fun part there was seeing families out, enjoying the Fountain Plaza dining area, slow ambles around the two-tenths mile walking perimeter, with the beautiful sounds of giggles and laughter providing the music of the night. It's an exciting time in these Happening 'Towns' Old Columbia and New Columbia, really all one and the same, but both energizing the each other. - EW

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