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South Charleston Businesses Open Shop
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 25, 2012 3:17 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 25, 2012 5:22 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Kevin Schmieder opened his coin collection shop a few weeks ago along D Street in South Charleston.
"The location was perfect for this type of thing," said Schmieder, owner of Appalachian Coin Company. "I wanted something small, something in an area like this, where there is a lot of foot traffic; people feel safe in this area."
Appalachian Coin Company is just one of the new businesses to open in downtown South Charleston in the past few weeks.
Yen's Sandwiches is also new to the city offering Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches, fresh baked bread and other goodies.
Bob Anderson, the director of the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, said tax incentives, free parking downtown and the location are all reasons businesses are thriving in the area.
"We've put in over 100 new businesses in two years,” Anderson said. “We're just booming.”
The city also recently renovated the downtown for $500,000, which includes making storefronts more attractive to shoppers and diners.
A little ways down D Street, there is another new business selling a little bit of this and that.
"I decided to follow one of my dreams and open a shop," Brenda Thompson, the owner of This and That, said.
This and That sells a variety of goods from clothing and shoes to kitchen wares and rugs.
"I started having all of this stuff in my house, and my grandkids started calling me a hoarder," Thompson said.
Thompson said it just made sense to open her shop in South Charleston.
"I chose South Charleston because the people here are so friendly and so nice," she said. "I just enjoy the area here."
These store owners say when it comes down to it, it's all about you, the customer. And as long as you shell out the cash, they will keep the door open.
In addition to Appalachian Coin Company, This and That and Yen's Sandwiches, Rising Goddess Goods opened on Seventh Avenue. Anderson said there are more ribbon cuttings planned in the near future.
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