Amesbury optimistic about businesses for spring

March 31, 2014 by  

With spring officially begun and the warmer temperatures becoming more the norm, the retailers of downtown Amesbury, a town close to Newburyport, are hoping that foot traffic can be revitalized and customers and locals can be drawn with new shopping hours.

No doubt they are turning to a variety of printing services to let people in the town become aware of the new businesses filling in the empty storefronts, and of the town’s eclectic collection of restaurants and shops.

Recently, the Amesbury Downtown Business Association has implemented the Third Thursday program, during which the businesses in the downtown stayed open late on the third Thursday of the month. It has been so successful that it will become a permanent event starting next month.

Marge Crosby, owner of C. Meadows Boutique, and Aram Zemanian of Zemanian Jewelers both agreed that a major issue is parking in the downtown. Some are retirees who prefer not to walk great distances to browse, so being able to park their cars close by the stores is important.

According to Kathi Garnett, owner of Attentif’ Design and president of the downtown business association, she has been working with the Amesbury Police Department to help keep the main parking lot clear of snow.

Crosby was optimistic about the spring. As the weather improves, she said people feel more like getting out and enjoying the many shops and restaurants downtown.