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September 6, 2006

Thomasville-  Thomasville's downtown traditionally closes at five o'clock, but new business is breathing new life into Broad Street.  Several new businesses are staying open late into the evening in hopes of drawing more people downtown and reviving Thomasville's non existent night life.

Kuppa Coffee is giving Thomasville the caffeine boost it needs to keep going late into the night. The new business is one of the few to remain open past five o'clock. 

"That kind of sprung out of needing a place to congregate, a place for both business people and the local community to sit down and relax," said Grant Gatschet, Kuppa Coffee Owner.

Its owner, Grant Gatschet is doing anything but relaxing after buying Lola's next door. Gatschet's changing the name to Lola's Bistro adding French cuisine and a wine bar called Red.

"We'll stay open for lunch fair and light dinner and then we'll have appetizers in the evening as well as beers from around the world," said Gatschet.

While Kuppa Coffee and Lola's are expanding their hours at the other end of town a new store called Relish will also stay open into the evening and they hope other retailers will follow suit.

"We found that the few days that we've been here a lot of people come from elsewhere and it's really a tourist attraction too and if you give them more reason to come, they will come, but you need to be there and you need to be available," said Dana Davidoff, Relish Owner.

The gourmet foods and kitchen accessories store will also serve wine and cheese platters, eat in or to go. With the doors open until nine o'clock the owners hope more will venture out.

"We're going to have 32 new condominiums as that develops and we have more downtown living, we have a need for more downtown activities," said Karen Smith, Main Street Downtown Development.

With more new retailer with later hours still to come like The Hollybrook Store which will become At Home in Thomasville, a gift and furniture store, business owners hope other won't call it a night so early. 

Thomasville's downtown Main Street Development Association is planning more events downtown. They'll bring back Art on the Bricks in October.

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