Small Business Saturday is coming to Hopewell

By Kate Gibson of the Progress Index









With the city’s continued efforts to revitalize downtown and foster economic growth, this week Mayor Jackie Shornak announced that Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, Nov. 25, and council also approved funding for two new city projects.

Small Business Saturday aims to entice the community to reconnect with downtown as new businesses continue to open.

“We’re just trying to get walking traffic to come down,” Shornak said on Tuesday. “We’re saying, hey, there’s more businesses down here. What better way than to have (Small Business Saturday) on a fall afternoon?”

Hopewell Downtown Partnership Executive Director Evan Kaufman spoke about new businesses coming to Hopewell in the near future. A pizza shop and a doughnut shop are in the works, as well as a meadery, which turns honey into wine. Guncotton Coffee Lounge and Art Gallery will be opening this year, and Burnette’s Baked Goods will be expanding into the building next door.

“When people come downtown. they’re going to find unique, handmade, one-of-a-kind products, and that’s the niche we’re hoping to attract,” Kaufman said.




Additionally, the Economic Development Authority recently reabsorbed $600,000 from a major grocery store venture that never came to fruition. Council moved to allocate $250,000 of those funds to the Riverwalk project.

In all, the Riverwalk project will cost an estimated $635,000. Before Tuesday, the city had collected a total of $485,000 for the project and spent $75,000 of that on constructing the project’s parking lot. Now, Hopewell has all of the funds it needs to complete the Riverwalk, plus a $25,000 buffer to cover any changes along the way.

Council also accepted a $24,000 grant from the Cameron Foundation to be used to conserve the historic cedar trees on Cedar Lane. This grant covers most of the $29,300 needed for this conservation project, and the Department of Development will return to council in November to ask for the remaining $5,300.

• Kate Gibson may be reached kgibson@progress-index.com or 804-722-5162.







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