Downtown Joplin Business Development

Published 07/15 2014 06:40PM

Updated 07/15 2014 08:08PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- It wasn't a tough choice for Kerri Englund to move her business from 32nd Street to Main Street.

"The first thing that made me want to move down here was having the Ambiance, and all of the other local boutiques around here," said Kerri Englund, Ambiance Owner.

Another boutique, Sophie, relocated to Main Street and opened two months ago.

"Just five years ago there were a lot of people who really doubted whether or not downtown Joplin could have a true strong retail sector, and we're proving that we can," said Trisha Patton, Downtown Joplin Alliance. 

Trisha Patton with the Downtown Joplin Alliance says another thing the organization has worked on is creating a strong nightlife atmosphere.

"Infusion spelled with an X, we're excited to see that vodka bar coming within the next couple of months. They've been working diligently to get open," said Patton. 

That bar will open at the 500 block of Main Street, while a local bar moved from midtown area to the old Champ's building off of Joplin Avenue.

"We're seeing more businesses, more activation. It's more fun to even just stroll the streets," said Patton. 

Englund says she's seeing new customers since she relocated.

"There's an atmosphere down here, that you just don't find anywhere else in town," said Englund. 

Another store you'll see opening soon in the downtown area is Wilhite Signs, which has relocated. On the corner of 1st and Joplin, reconstruction is underway on the Roxy Event Center. It will be a concert and event venue that will have events by this fall.

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