Downtown Thomasville economy sees big boost

Downtown Thomasville economy sees big boost

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - From the Rose Show, to first Friday concerts, and Sunday shopping events, downtown Thomasville has hosted more than 400 events in the past year.

"With that comes community support, volunteer hours, the attendees it brings into downtown. It encourages shopping and dining, it encourages them to stay a little while and enjoy what downtown Thomasville has to offer," said Main Street Director April Norton.

Business is booming and it's all thanks to 16 new local shops moving into the downtown area.
All of those new businesses created 76 new jobs.

"The businesses that have opened in 2016 have really seen a great success and they are excited to see what 2017 has to offer," said Norton.

Amanda Rentz is the manager of Godwin's Jewelers, she said the most support the owners Meritt and Ronnie have received has come from other local businesses in the area.

"We support one another, and by doing that we can build the downtown area and make it more inviting for other businesses to come in as well. If we all support one another it makes it a positive atmosphere," said Rentz.

To keep the rich history of the Rose city alive, many businesses like Godwin's have renovated old buildings, making sure to keep important features like brick walls.

"It was important, merit really liked the brick and loved the way that it kept with the downtown look and feel as well as the brick roads outside," said Rentz.

"They want to reinvest in the historic value of the property, which is so important to Thomasville. Some of them do put a modern twist to it but the architecture of it will always remain," said Norton.

Whether it's visitors from nearby states and cities or just local shoppers, Norton said a lot of the money being spent stays right here in the local economy.

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