Cooperative attitude fueling downtown revival

Shared mutual interests, recognized by those trying to bring business to the downtown core is also helping to improve fortunes

It looks busier in Keremeos business core these days, as the downtown block benefits from a new shot of energy and creativity injected  by a few of the village’s new entrepreneurs.

Shared mutual interests, recognized by those trying to bring business to the downtown core is also helping to improve business fortunes for everyone on the block.

It was reassuring to hear that the barbeque war wasn’t actually a competition at all, but the building of an idea that, hopefully, will reward the two businesses who are creating something from it. The mutual respect the two businesses have for each other is also admirable. Rather than see themselves as competitors for the same dollar, they realize that a diverse business section that offers choice to customers will ultimately do more to drive business to everyone’s benefit.

It’s certainly a better attitude than seeing each other as competition and going to war with each other.

Keremeos’ business section looks healthier than it has in years. It seems there is someone on the street at any given time of day,  and the sandwich boards and other signage in storefront windows give the area an appearance of vibrancy and purpose.

We can only hope these new attitudes continue to grow – and hopefully spread.

Shared mutual interests, recognized by those trying to bring business to the downtown core is also helping to improve business fortunes for everyone on the block.