Downtown Clarksville seems to be to enhance area company irrespective of pandemic

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a sign on a city street: The Roxy Regional Theatre sits with their lights shut off along an all but closed Franklin Street in Clarksville, Tenn., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.


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The Roxy Regional Theatre sits with their lights shut off alongside an all but closed Franklin Avenue in Clarksville, Tenn., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

It is a movement that initially took keep in 2010 when American Convey released Smaller Company Saturday all through the recession. It was an effort to assist area suppliers money in on the getaway browsing season that begins with a bang on Black Friday. 

But it really is a mission with new urgency for local businesses after a yr of navigating the impacts of COVID-19. Now, regional shops like those in downtown Clarksville are hoping to make up for missing time and missing pounds when Black Friday and Little Business Saturday roll about. 



a person standing in a room: Store associate Breanna Bledsoe works behind the counter of the downtown Clarksville clothing boutique, The Copper Petal, on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. The shop has opted to set up shop at the Ruby Cora event space for Black Friday to avoid a crush of customers in their store during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Store associate Breanna Bledsoe performs driving the counter of the downtown Clarksville clothing boutique, The Copper Petal, on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. The store has opted to established up shop at the Ruby Cora event room for Black Friday to keep away from a crush of consumers in their store for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance to the Nationwide Federation of Impartial Corporations, a single in 5 smaller corporations as of August said they’ll have to shut if economic ailments really don’t make improvements to inside six months.

It is some thing which is front of intellect to Ryan Bowie, the head of the Downtown Clarksville Association and Roxy Regional Theater. For five a long time now, downtown retailers have put together the Small Business enterprise Saturday movement with their own Downtown Open up Residence.

“The previous numerous yrs, Compact Business Saturday has broken data year immediately after 12 months for these companies,” Bowie stated.



Ryan Bowie, director of the Roxy, sits in the ticket booth for a portrait at the Roxy Theater in Clarksville, Tenn., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.


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Ryan Bowie, director of the Roxy, sits in the ticket booth for a portrait at the Roxy Theater in Clarksville, Tenn., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

Previous yr, American buyers put in $19.6 billion at impartial suppliers and places to eat on Smaller Small business Saturday, in accordance to information introduced in the 2019 Modest Enterprise Saturday Buyer Insights Survey.

That’s a $2 billion increase from 2018.

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Bowie said as element of the neighborhood energy, enterprises like his own City Boy Country Lifestyle, a new life-style model on display at the Roxy, are planning special revenue, giveaways and refreshments to entice customers downtown.

“It really is so we can get as numerous folks to flood downtown as achievable,” Bowie said.

He understands the fact of retail is distinct this yr as merchants glance to prop up their base line as COVID-19 numbers surge.



a narrow city street with tall buildings: Downtown Clarksville has been booming in recent years, a trend small business owners are hoping to sustain through the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of the holiday shopping season.


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Downtown Clarksville has been booming in latest a long time, a pattern little business house owners are hoping to maintain by the COVID-19 pandemic with the aid of the vacation buying year.

“This 12 months is diverse, simply because we are asking whether people are heading to be snug coming out and searching,” he mentioned. “We hope they are going to store in these tiny firms exactly where we can management the ecosystem.”

Couture Crush boutique proprietor Kaley Drew believes they will.

“I consider men and women come to feel safer listed here than in bigger stores,” she reported, taking a split from decorating the Christmas trees she set up during her shop. She reported her small business is secure, with loyal consumers returning once she reopened. 

“I feel people today want to shop community now,” Drew stated.

If the pandemic has transformed just about anything, it truly is how she stocks the keep.

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“Usually, we order a lot more sequins and celebration garments, but no one’s getting events,” she stated with a rueful chortle. “It can be surely much more casual put on now.”



a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Store associate Breanna Bledsoe works behind the counter of the downtown Clarksville clothing boutique, The Copper Petal, on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. The shop has opted to set up shop at the Ruby Cora event space for Black Friday to avoid a crush of customers in their store during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Keep associate Breanna Bledsoe operates at the rear of the counter of the downtown Clarksville clothing boutique, The Copper Petal, on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. The shop has opted to set up store at the Ruby Cora event space for Black Friday to avoid a crush of buyers in their retailer in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Down the avenue, yet another downtown boutique is opting to go massive for Black Friday, in hopes of spurring sales while taking pandemic safeguards on a day that ordinarily brings a crush of consumers.

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“The past handful of a long time it’s been lines all over the setting up,” reported Hannah Denson, manager of The Copper Petal. “We’ve been seriously thankful for that. But with COVID-19 this yr, we made a decision far more room would be fantastic.”

So the boutique rented out the Ruby Cora, the place it options to set up store from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Thanksgiving night and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Black Friday. Denson claimed they’re partnering with other nearby distributors to give consumers even more local brand names to shop.

She reported it really is a way to safely and securely provide their buyers whilst delivering a festive buying working experience. Enjoyable extras include photo booths, gift stations and refreshments.

“We desired it to be unique, and to make it an precise knowledge,” Denson reported. 

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It is all finished with basic safety in thoughts, such as spacing stations out to make it possible for social distancing, supplying sanitation stations, advertising masks and offering options for contact-free of charge payment.



a group of people sitting at a table: Store associate Breanna Bledsoe works behind the counter of the downtown Clarksville clothing boutique, The Copper Petal, on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. The shop has opted to set up shop at the Ruby Cora event space for Black Friday to avoid a crush of customers in their store during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Retailer affiliate Breanna Bledsoe performs at the rear of the counter of the downtown Clarksville clothing boutique, The Copper Petal, on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. The store has opted to set up store at the Ruby Cora function room for Black Friday to stay clear of a crush of consumers in their keep in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That was undoubtedly our first thought in mind with all this, building positive absolutely everyone feels protected,” explained Denson, who believes it will also be particular for shoppers.

“I think it will excite folks, and also maybe become a tradition,” she said.

Finally, they are hoping to improve their pandemic gross sales slump.

“We have viewed a reduce in in-keep buying since the pandemic,” Denson stated. “But we’ve also seen more people expressing they want to assistance nearby. We are putting a ton into the holiday break season. I consider which is wherever we’re hoping to preserve the year.”

They’re not the only downtown store counting on major organization.



a large room: &Vinyl co-owner Tony Schrum works behind the counter of his downtown Clarksville small business on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. He's said while sales have been steady despite the pandemic, he's hoping for a strong holiday season.


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&Vinyl co-proprietor Tony Schrum operates guiding the counter of his downtown Clarksville tiny company on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. He is claimed though income have been constant in spite of the pandemic, he’s hoping for a strong holiday getaway period.

Tony Shrum co-owns the downtown report keep, &Vinyl, with his brother, Matt. He stated revenue have been steady this calendar year, even with the pandemic — potentially simply because folks are at home a lot more to make use of vinyl collections. But he doesn’t downplay the significance of the Thanksgiving weekend rush.

“That’s likely our most effective weekend of the yr,” he claimed. He pointed out Report Shop Working day falls on Black Friday, creating a hurry of shoppers that spill into Little Small business Saturday. He’s hoping that pattern continues, additional bolstering small business. 

“For some, how it goes around the holiday year is an indicator of how it will be,” Shrum explained. “If it isn’t going to go effectively, they may well concern if they can remain in small business.”



a man standing at a counter in a store: &Vinyl co-owner Tony Schrum rings up a customer at his downtown Clarksville record shop on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. He said while business has remained steady despite the pandemic, he's hoping for strong holiday sales.


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&Vinyl co-proprietor Tony Schrum rings up a purchaser at his downtown Clarksville document store on Tues., Nov. 10, 2020. He reported whilst business has remained constant even with the pandemic, he is hoping for sturdy holiday getaway income.

Bowie hopes downtown efforts to make it entertaining and harmless to shop small pay off huge this holiday season, despite the pandemic and resulting loss of one of their significant, cold weather draws, the Downtown Commons Winter Ice Rink.

“I believe we are all hoping individuals are heading to want to go out of their way to make the vacation period special, even if it’s socially distanced,” he said. “We’re hoping men and women want to make the very best of the conclusion of 2020.”

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