Thursday, Apirl 29, 2010
Main Street picks up steam
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs Main Street is still a baby crawling, but it could get to the standing-up stage soon if the momentum gained at last week’s “meet and greet” event is an indication the program has a palpable pulse.
Executive director Judy Smith said a survey of existing businesses in the main street corridor in Holly Springs shows there are 115. She has visited these businesses and said people are interested in Main Street even though they are busy.
“We are looking for a buy-in,” she said. “When I canvassed businesses, there was a lot of interest and a lot of people on the square are not from Holly Springs but they have great hope for Holly Springs.”
People have lots of ideas to share but what is needed most now is volunteers to help achieve goals set out for four committees this year, Smith said.
Establishing memberships is one goal and Smith said with the economy sagging, individual memberships are set to be affordable.
The business of the organizing committee this year is to recruit members, according to Harvey Payne. Memberships help contribute income for operations of the Main Street program.
Smith said individual memberships are set at $52 a year.
“It’s no more than giving up a Coke a week,” she said. “Six businesses have joined at $125 (for five employees or more) and 12 individuals.”
People are strapped for money, she said.
Smith and Payne said they are encouraged by the number of people who attended the meet and greet event.
“Some people didn’t show up but they did call and had valid reasons,” Payne said. “If you couldn’t come and you sent someone, we took that as a positive note.”
Fannie Lampley, chair of the promotion committee, said she is beginning to sense a momentum building for Main Street.
“I believe people from the community are going to buy in,” she said.
The design and economic restructuring committees have their goals set but have not begun yet to implement their work plans, Smith said.
People can volunteer to serve on any committee - the organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring committees.
“We have the plans and lots of ideas and we need volunteers,” Smith said.
Some ideas include Main Street partnering with the garden clubs and Extension office to install plants in the downtown district.
The promotion committee has an activity planned that should pique everyone’s interest. They have identified one hidden treasure of Holly Springs and want to develop it into an event for the summer, Smith said.
And the event committee wants to work with school kids to get an art contest for school kids to go with the Kudzu Festival. A third and fourth event idea is to organize a trick-or-treat-type community event downtown during Halloween and organizing a “Holly Evening” for December.
Attorney Ki Jones attended the meet and greet and has volunteered for a committee. He said he would like to see the town kept up every day as beautifully as it is for the Pilgrimage.
“I do like to see the effort like we make for the Pilgrimage - putting our best foot forward,” he said. “Appearance means a lot.”
Smith said one thing she has noticed so far in her working with the community is that “people have so much character.”
“When I have entered their business they are polite and welcoming even when they are busy,” she said.
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