Annette Williams, owner of Flowers Down Under, had hosed down store fronts, pulled weeds and collected trash along the building perimeter, and plans to plant flowers in storefront window boxes soon.
Though Williams recognized the recent surge in motivation to revitalize the Village, she said cleaning up sidewalks and making her storefront presentable was nothing new for her, or many other business owners.
Business owners' willingness to make the area presentable and the support of residents for Village businesses go hand in hand, said Williams.
Up the street, Michael Montero had recently repainted his storefront. Though he does not own the building housing The String Corner, and cannot renovate the facade or apply for grants to do so, he thinks it is important to do his part.
Anything to get people to stop, Montero said.
He has a lot of ideas for improvements that could be made to make the Village more attractive, and is hopeful that more and more business owners and community members will get on board.