Scottsboro Main Street hosted a downtown public presentation on June 4 to present the findings of a survey that was administered in March.
“Over 1,200 citizens participated in the survey, so it is clear the community is invested in downtown’s progress,” said Scottsboro Main Street Director Meg Nippers.
Nippers said it was great to see the final results of the consumer and business surveys. Scottsboro Main Street has been working on this project since January.
The majority of the people that took the survey agreed that special events create vibrancy in the downtown area. Forty-one percent of the respondents visit downtown daily or weekly to run errands or for office and service-related purposes. Twenty-eight percent visit downtown for eating, drinking or entertainment, and twenty-one percent visit downtown to shop.
The top five places visited most frequently by respondents are Hammer’s, Payne’s, the Jackson County Courthouse, the Variety Bake Shop and Goody 2 Shoes. Forty-five percent of the businesses downtown have been there 21 years or longer.
Forty-six percent of businesses plan to start or complete building improvements in the next year or two. Thirty-five percent of businesses surveyed plan to expand services or product lines in the next years or two.
One question in the survey asked what types of eating and drinking places would make people visit downtown more often. Thirty-nine percent of survey takers said they would want a steakhouse or fine dining restaurant. Thirty- four percent said they would want a brewery or brewpub.
Thirty-three percent of respondents said a brick over pizzeria would make them visit downtown more often. Thirty-one percent said they wanted a farm to table restaurant, and twenty-eight percent said they wanted a casual dining eatery.
Another question in the survey asked what types of retail establishments would make people visit downtown more often. Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents said they would want an arts, crafts and hobby store. Thirty-five percent of survey takers said a general or variety store would make them visit downtown more often.
Thirty-five percent said they would want a bookstore in the downtown area. Twenty-six percent said they would want a vintage or repurposed goods retail store. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they would want an outdoor recreation store in downtown Scottsboro.
“The survey results will help give Main Street Scottsboro a “guide map” toward downtown revitalization in the next few years,” said Nippers. “Main Street is excited about the future of downtown, but progress will not happen overnight or without assistance.
Main Street programs are specifically designed to be fueled by local volunteers, and we can use your help!”
Anyone interested in learning more about the survey results or volunteer opportunities can email firstname.lastname@example.org.