Sherman and Denison to amplify downtown districts

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

GRAYSON CO., TX -- If you are looking to spend a night out on the town Sherman and Denison could be the new hot spots.

Ordinances designed to bring more traffic to the heart of the cities were passed at both Sherman and Denison's city council meetings Monday night. City leaders say by this spring they expect to see a boom in business.

Mayor Bill Magers says Sherman's historic downtown will soon be the toast of the town after the city council approved a new ordinance easing restrictions on alcohol sales.

Establishments that sell food can now serve beer and wine outside and businesses that serve alcohol will now be able to set up shops near churches, and after work hours noise requirements will be relaxed.

"This initiative costs the tax payer nothing. It does not diminish anyone's property rights and it makes it easier to do business in downtown so we're really excited about the opportunity," Mayor Magers said.

Denison Main Street Director Donna Dow says she is also excited after their Monday night meeting. She says the majority were in favor of creating an Entertainment District, meaning music will be allowed to be played after hours and alcoholic beverages can be served outside during special events.

"I think it will be good for Downtown Denison to be able to have the capabilities to utilize this entertainment district," Dow said.

Owner of Homestead Winery, Gabe Parker, in Downtown Denison says the Entertainment District will allow all the stores to work together to bring in more business and more fun.

"It's going to get the whole downtown involved instead of downtown being viewed as individual stores it'll be a whole group," Parker said.

Both Sherman and Denison leaders say they are ready to start jazzing things up and that it will not be long till the community starts seeing positive outcomes.

"If folks are coming downtown to dine and eat their going to shop their going to visit your stores so it's a real hand in glove effort," Mayor Magers said.

"The bottom line the biggest boost that we'll see is from the people being able to enjoy Downtown Denison," Dow said.

City leaders say though they are relaxing alcohol laws it does not mean people can walk around with with open containers at any given point in time. That only during special events will that be allowed after businesses require a permit.

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