Valdosta downtown gets a spruce-up

Valdosta downtown gets a spruce-up
Ellen Hill
Ellen Hill

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Several construction projects are underway in downtown Valdosta, to renovate old buildings as several companies prepare to open up shop in them.

Jessica Ganas is painting the outside of the door at her new record shop on Patterson Street in downtown Valdosta as she prepares to open the shop this weekend.

It's one of five local businesses that will be moving into renovated buildings in downtown over the next few months.

 "Mostly professional jobs, but then we do have some very exciting retail opportunities coming up," said Ellen Hill.

Ganas's shop, Red Door Records, is moving back after moving out of downtown a few years ago. This time though, she's adding a 40 seat movie theater to her store. "I feel like it's something that other cities have. I think we lack some of the cultural aspects of larger cities."

The first movie will be shown on September tenth, and then a different movie will be shown at seven and ten every night except Mondays.

Ganas says she even plans to allow VSU students and amateur filmmakers to show their movies. "Plenty of opportunities to come down. Date night, whatever. Just something else to do in Valdosta."

Valdosta Main Street Director Ellen Hill says these businesses moving downtown is key to helping continue the current upswing in growth that the area is experiencing. "I think when you see new projects coming along and fresh, new ideas that always makes somebody else think 'oh, well I can do that, too.'"

With the continued efforts from the Main Street office and a little luck, she says she's confident they will.

The Main Street office also has grants and loans available specifically for businesses who move downtown. For more information about moving your business downtown, call the Main Street office at 229-259-3577.

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