Americus businesses find success

Americus businesses find success
Bittersweet owner Chuck Faaborg
Bittersweet owner Chuck Faaborg
Center Stage owner Kat Mournighan
Center Stage owner Kat Mournighan

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The owners of Center Stage Market and Bittersweet in Americus are pleasantly surprised with the community's reception.

Money is finally changing hands at the Center Stage Market, the downtown grocery store opened at the beginning of August.

"The first four weeks have just been great," said owner Kat Mournighan.

Four months ago, the Forsyth Street storefront was bare, but now shelves are packed with everything from gluten free products to organic salad dressings. There's even sweet treats.

"The local community has embraced us as their new hometown grocery store," said Mournighan.

Mournighan employs working moms, college students, and even local high school students. 17 people now have jobs and they offer a unique insight to every customer.

"I wanted to have the best staff in place, train them, educate them in organic as well as specialty foods like gluten free," said Mournighan.

But this store isn't the only one creating a splash in the local economy. Just down the street at the new coffee shop, where  business has been booming as well.

"We feel like the community has really welcomed us here. We feel like folks were looking for a bookstore. Somewhere to just kind of spend some time, hang out. Downtown's vibrant," said Bittersweet owner Chuck Faaborg.

Each company hopes to serve as a success story and encourage others to look at this city and downtown as a destination for your company. 
"Customers come back day after day. I mean it's just a very vibrant community. It's a good place to start a business," said Faaborg.

Something that each of these new business owners are finding out first hand. The grocery store will have a grand opening later this month.
Her goal is to use local products from around the area and state to keep that money right here in Georgia.

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