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New Monroe Street Businesses Increase Foot Traffic Downtown

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 04:16 PM CDT

Sabrina Martindale just opened Sugar Jar Bakery last November.

"We looked at properties Downtown, found this one and it fit my vision," Martindale said.  "We gutted the place, redid the original tin ceilings and it's been great ever since."

Martindale is one of several owners to open up a small business on the 300-block of Monroe Street in Springfield.

"I have a very small business and I didn't need a lot of space and I wanted something with a little more charm and character," Kari Bedford, owner of Kari Bedford Photography said.  "...I love the tin ceilings and all these old shops Downtown and I just kind of wanted to be a part of that."

Before Bedford renovated this building, located at 314 Monroe and had it turned into  a photography studio, the thirty-plus year-old structure had been vacant for over 4 years.

"The more these buildings are occupied, the more commerce happening in these buildings, the more they're worth," said Victoria Ringer, Exec. Director of Downtown Springfield Inc.  "Which property taxes are then more valuable and money goes to the city."

In addition to increased sales tax revenue, Ringer said these new businesses will bring in more foot-traffic throughout Downtown.

Most importantly, she said they'll create more full-time and part time jobs.
"People are going back and forth quite a bit, so it's great to have windows filled with items," Ringer said.  "Wether it be a photographer or insurance agent or what have you, these buildings these buildings will now be back in play."

New Monroe Street Businesses Increase Foot Traffic Downtown

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