Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Merchants in Georgetown got together Tuesday for a brainstorming session to develop “bigger, brighter, better” ideas for bringing business downtown.
Three weeks ago a fire destroyed seven buildings and displaced ten businesses in the 700 block of Front Street.
Many of those businesses are reopening in other temporary locations. Many of the existing businesses up and down Front Street have suffered from loss of customers because people think they can’t get to the stores.
Dr. Peter Mitchell, a retired president of three colleges, volunteered to facilitate a meeting Tuesday of merchants.
“Creative ideas are flowing,” Mitchell told the Georgetown Times. But, he added, “we really need to think in a more disciplined way.”
The merchants were to gather at the Quality Inn to identify a manageable number of projects to carry out through the Christmas holiday season and into January.
“Today is the beginning of the rest of our lives in Georgetown,” Mitchell said. “I don’t want to hear what happened. This isn’t playing games or a complaining session. It’s time to identify projects going forward.”
Merchants plan to help promote this weekend’s Wooden Boat Show and other events and activities. Flyers will be posted around the city and outlying areas promoting the events.
“This is really an initiative of the chamber and the GBA,” Mitchell said.
The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgetown Business Association are supportive of the process.
“It’s an initiative of these two. My role is to be an objective outside person.”
The merchants and business people are in it for the long haul, Mitchell said.
“My hope is people will shop Front Street first. I’m sure we’ll find just about anything we want for anybody we make a gift to.”
“If we can get other people to realize, ‘I have a talent I can share, and do things for our town.’
“Whatever the gift is, if people will step up we can accomplish anything we want to,” Mitchell said.
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