Montrose Shops Open Doors on Sunday
MONTROSE, Colo. The Montrose Downtown Development Authority is ramping up efforts to boost activity and sales downtown. This summer many stores are trying something new for the first time. "Open" signs painted the blocks of Montrose this summer Sunday. Front sales employee at Around the Corner Art Gallery, Samantha Hartman, said, "A few years ago we were kind of dying, but in the last couple of years due to the efforts of DDA and the promotional committee, they have really revived it." In efforts to revitalize downtown and keep it buzzing on the weekends, a record-number of stores are opening their doors on Sunday. "We have a lot of new businesses opening and we're trying to draw a crowd seven days a week," said Hartman. However to one shop owner, Glee Westcott, the concept isn't new. "On Sunday's? Forever, probably close to 25 years or more," said Westcott, owner of Tiffany, etc. Westcott says she's worked Sunday after Sunday for the customers. "Guess I've been hoping and trying and encouraging people to stay open Sunday. It makes a much more interesting downtown and much more viable downtown," Westcott said. She's seen the downtown evolve and is hopeful this latest push will revive this pocket of Montrose even more. Westcott said, "I enjoy being down on Sunday and I can really visit with customers." "I love that it's personable. I love that everybody can find something for themselves and if they can find something for themselves they can find something for someone else," Hartman said. "I'm hoping everyone will get on the bandwagon and stay open and have a good destination and a great tourist destination," said Hartman. The DDA has a multi-part vision for downtown Montrose, which includes road improvements and adaptive reuse of historic structures. For more information on the plan, click here.