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Two new programs hope to draw Thomasville shoppers downtown

October 30, 2006

Thomasville-  Thomasville's Downtown Mainstreet organization is keep business owners at work late Thursday night. One night a week business owners stay open past 5:30 p.m. in an effort to draw more traffic into downtown stores. It started at the beginning of October and seems to be working.

"At Home in Thomasville" is practically a  new store downtown, but owners jumped at the chance to stay open a little later Thursday nights.

"I think more than anything else, just for customers that work during the week and need that little gift, a last minute gift, it gives them an opportunity to come in after six to do some shopping," said Jose Gonzalez, At Home in Thomasville Co-owner.

Other businesses are doing the same as part of the Thursday Evenings Downtown effort.

"We have over 23 participating merchants that are open for extended hours on Thursday nights and restaurants, so you can come down and dine and the stroll the streets and shop up until about eight o'clock," said Karen Smith, Thomasville Downtown Mainstreet.

Another marketing tool are gift certificates or Downtown Dollars that can be used in over 70 Thomasville businesses.

"It works just like a normal gift certificate except that you do not have to pick a particular store," said Smith.

So far, downtown's held four Thursday evenings and businesses like "Relish" have seen an increase in traffic. Participating business owners hope others will join in.

"It creates more of an ambiance than just having a few stores open, so the more that we have the better," said Gonzalez.

So that both businesses and customers can find a winning combination that improves traffic downtown.

Downtown Dollars are available for face value at the Downtown Mainstreet Office. 

The Downtown Mainstreet office would like to see other businesses consider downtown Thomasville. They say a small grocery store downtown is on their wish list.