Montrose Downtown Continues to Expand and Develop
MONTROSE COUNTY, Colo.- Downtown Montrose is recruiting more and more businesses to Main Street and officials say it's a continuing trend. Old businesses are thriving and new businesses are headed to town. "Business has been great, business has certainly picked up for us," said Phuong Nguyen, co-owner of Coffee Traders in Downtown Montrose. "Gelato should be coming May 1," said Adam Duncan, owner of A+Y Design Gallery in Downtown Montrose. Downtown Montrose, over the past year, has become quite the hotspot. "We had over $1.5 million in private investment in properties and redevelopment of buildings," said Scott Shine, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. "It is important to invest in your community, and I think that's what people are going back to," said Phuong Nguyen. Last year, 19 new businesses entered the DDA district. "One of the things we're really excited about are a lot of those businesses are owned by young people in the community. So there's a lot of young entrepreneurs with new fresh ideas that maybe haven't been in other communities," said Shine. The DDA hosts various events downtown year around and throughout the summer to show off the businesses. "I think it allows the community to come together as one. As far as our business is concerned it's a linkage to all the other businesses downtown," said Phuong Nguyen. Clay Greathouse, drives from Ouray, to attend the downtown events. "You just run into all these people you know, people I've known forever," he said. "Activity is good, it stops people on the road, it stops tourists as they're going downtown," said Duncan. The First Friday Stroll for the month of April will be taking place along Main Street. The theme is spring formal. Officials encourage folks to dress up and enjoy the fun activities and art galleries, which will be serving free food and drinks. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m.