The downtown area of a city is often it’s heart especially for businesses, that is why Downtown Colorado Incorporated comes to Grand Junction to hold a event. Downtown Institute: Strategies for Downtown Retail was the name of the workshop, which was open for all business owners interested in building a bigger base.
“We’re going to be talking to local businesses about ways that they can do to improve their retail experience and really think about how local businesses can compete in an Amazon and online driven world,” says Brian Corrigan, Founder and Director, Oh Heck Yeah.
Downtown Colorado Inc. is working alongside the Business Improvement District for this movement. “It seems like a lot of the businesses and the traffic is out with the mall and in different areas and Grand Junction really has a sweet downtown here and could probably improve with more more traffic, ” said Elaine Brett, Board of Directors, Downtown Colorado Inc.
She also says that in comparison to other small towns Grand Junction has an advantage, “I think it has a lot of what other downtown areas would like to have. Especially when we look at some of these really small towns for example this area has 40 blocks.”
But, with a large area comes lot of effort says Corrigan, “I think the one thing that businesses here can really kind of improve on is really thinking about how you can draw people into the later hours.”
Corrigan adds by saying that a chunk of the workshop will focus around late business hours and letting owners know they can work together to make this happen. Business owners like the idea and agree but admit it will be challenging, “It’s going to take a lot and it’s going to take different people getting on board but it’s good, it’s healthy for the downtown to have because it allows us flexibility really and it allows us to be small mom and pop shops,” said Megan Alfaro, Owner of Colorado Baby.