It took just a few hours for a handful of new businesses to pop up on the 1100 block of Huntington’s Fourth Avenue.
They are only here for two days, since they are part of a block party.
Organizers of the event, called “1100 BAM” call them “pop-up businesses.”
This two-day party is a joint effort by Create Huntington, Huntington Police, city hall and local businesses to show what this stretch would look like if it were developed.
Sean Martin, usually sells music-inspired art on the internet, but he is setting up shop here Thursday and Friday.
“We got the opportunity down here, and figured, ‘Why not?’ We’ll try it out, and see what happens,” says Martin, whose business is called “Pinnovative Pins.”
Next door, Huntington Land Bank Coordinator, Christal Perry shows us a spruced up storefront of a vacant business.
“If you’re someone that has a business idea, here it is. We have it,” says Ms. Perry. “It brings attention, and gets these forgotten little blocks and corners attention too. Hopefully we can get some new businesses here again.”
“Anytime you have traffic downtown, it’s a plus,” says Herb Stanley, owner of The Union Pub and Grill. “Almost every major college has one avenue that’s famous because of the university, so I would like to see them do that with Fourth Avenue.”
“We’re looking at specific streets and areas that have been identified as hotspots for crime, and also opportunities for business and economic development,” says Bruce Decker, owner of Collective Impact, LLC and organizer of 1100 BAM. “This is one of those hotspots.”