August 14, 2005
Itís good to see a variety of shopkeepers investing in
commercial district with its historic village motif.
Showcase West Virginia is the most recent shop to move to Charlestonís pleasant and walkable
Coffee Bean and Teays Art Emporium also relocated recently, both also from
the Charleston Town Center.† While we wish
the mall well in finding good tenants, we are also pleased to see some variety
moving into Charlestonís midtown storefronts Ė too many of which still are
Lawyers and other
professionals know downtown is a good place to be. A number of reliable lunch
spots and a few elegant dinner options have also found success downtown. Taylor
Books has been an anchor for good books, good coffee and society for a decade.
But old stores closed, leaving people who enjoy walking the brick sidewalks and
the tree-lined streets with fewer options for other kinds of shopping.
Now, itís good to see a variety
of shopkeepers investing in Charlestonís
quaint commercial district with its historic village motif. In the space of a
short and pleasant walk, visitors can visit the public library, go to the post
office, browse for gifts and look at art, as well as shop for art supplies,
fine chocolates, gourmet coffee and countless other niceties.
Maybe the return of life to
the former heart of Charleston would be enhanced if City Council can find an alternative
to harassing leisurely weekend shoppers with parking tickets. The city should
do everything possible to augment the wholesome growth that is occurring.