DENISON,TX - New businesses are opening up on Denison's Main Street, creating new jobs and new ways to attract dollars to downtown Denison.
"With the new businesses coming on it helps everyone and the customers that it attracts, just generating excitement," said Donna Dow.
Six new businesses have recently opened on Denison's Main Street and Main Street director Donna Dow says three more are set to open in the near future.
"Our sales tax generated by the downtown business is very important to us and of course, that helps the city out and helps our economy out," said Dow.
"You get to meet the people; you get to enjoy meeting new people," said Steve Crary.
Steve Crary just opened his antiques store, "Ravens Nest."
He and his wife say they sell a little bit of everything.
"Pretty much yard art, wedding dresses, prom dresses, antiques, crafts," said Crary.
Second Hand Monkey thrift store just opened up as well, and some successful local businesses are expanding or moving to accommodate growth.
Under the Eiffel boutique has been open for a little over a year and needed more space, so they moved into this new location.
Dow says fifty new jobs were created last year alone by Denison businesses.
"We are really growing in that respect too, which means there's more people to shop and to eat in our restaurants," said Dow.
The former "Smitty's" is now "Tupelo Honey" bar and grill, and new owner Micah Bracy says he is ready for next week's grand opening.
"It's really exciting, it's been a lot of hard work and a lot of people have helped us out, and we've done a lot of it ourselves," said Bracy.
Dow says they are excited Downtown Denison is continuing to grow. She says a big part of it has to do with the history of downtown.
"The buildings attract people, whether it's customers or business owners and so we're very fortunate that we have such great buildings in our community."