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Uptown Marion growing by leaps and bounds

A Corridor city is growing by leaps and bounds and now businesses are trying to catch up.

In Uptown Marion several are opening this spring.

Even though a month ago, there were a lot of lease signs and empty storefronts, Uptown Marion is starting to quickly fill up with new businesses and stores just before summer.

From a new bike shop to a pub there’s going to be something for everyone along 7th Avenue.

“Come to Marion. It’s a great little city,” Ramsey’s Wine Bistro Owner Conrad Ramsey said.

Ramsey’s Wine Bistro is celebrating five years of business in Marion.

The owners are excited to welcome other small business owners to the area.

“We’re excited about all the new businesses moving in,” Ramsey said.

The city says there’s been a lot of interest in Uptown this year.

“We are very excited to see existing businesses continuing to grow, as well as new businesses moving into the Uptown Marion District. These businesses will provide additional options for shopping, dining and nightlife,” Uptown Marion Director Ashley Zierath said.

Small business owners have mentioned they like how the city is planning events, building roundabouts, and creating projects like ImaginArt in the Alleys.

All things that’ll bring more foot traffic to Marion.

“Uptown Marion is experiencing a perfect storm of private and public investment that is leading to new exciting opportunities for businesses,” Zierath said.

“The Uptown district needs this,” Ramsey said.

Down the street, Stitch Together has been open for six months.

“We feel very welcome here, they are very supportive of small business,” Owner Kayanna Nelson said.

Nelson said business is going really well. They sell yarn and teach knitting classes.

“It’s been wonderful. Marion is a great place to own a business,” she said.

She can’t wait for the other businesses to move inand establish an upscale downtown area where families and couples can dine, shop and play!

“I think its really starting to have a revival,” Nelson said.”I’m really excited about these new businesses coming in because that’s going to bring in more traffic. People are going to discover what an awesome little area this is.”

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