November 19, 2008 Edition

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Downtown WR hosts workshop

Susan Shaddox, Main Street Arkansas design consultant, demonstrates the importance of good lighting in a window display during a Downtown Walnut Ridge workshop on Thursday evening.
TD Photo ~ John Bland
Gretchen Hunt

The Downtown Walnut Ridge organization hosted a workshop on Thursday evening focusing on window displays and marketing for downtown businesses.

Susan Shaddox, Main Street Arkansas design consultant, shared tips with business and building owners.

Approximately 25 were in attendance for the workshop, according to Paula Haskins, design committee chair, who said it was an eye-opening experience.

"A good window design can entice a customer to come in and check things out and possibly buy something," Haskins said. "They gave our business owners very valuable information."

Earlier in the day Haskins, Shaddox and Mark Miller, Main Street Arkansas small business consultant, visited with merchants, business owners and building owners in the area, including Goin' Postal, Wolf's Taekwondo, Sharum Theatre owner Lauraetta Melton, State Farm, Flower Basket and Michelle Rogers.

Adam Staples, agent with State Farm, said the visit was enlightening.

"The experience the team has had in helping other businesses in downtown areas was obvious," he said.

"They were able to help me look at things from a different perspective on a project I am considering."

Haskins said having access to the Main Street Arkansas staff is a major benefit of Walnut Ridge being part of the Arkansas Downtown Network.

"Susan and Mark spoke to each one about their interior design and about the 'managing' of their business," Haskins said. "They are checking on different things to help each individual business owner. If anyone happens to have any questions or needs advice, our support at Main Street Arkansas is always willing to help."

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