From Jim Stalker
Creston is in bad need of repair and expansion. I’m not talking about cutting the grass, although some yards are in need of it. Grass cutting falls under the category of responsibility to self and neighborhood ... pride in property, a whole other issue.
The experts will tell you that we have held our own. We’ve been fortunate to have the factories to employ people and the stores to support them. All true, but there is more to consider.
What we have not seen a lot of? Expansion in the old downtown. We have experienced a name change from the old downtown to the new Uptown. Not a big deal! Names do not build anything. But, there is a glimmer of new light on the horizon. Certainly, we have the old standbys of clothing, shoe and furniture stores, as well as places to eat and drink. On the fringes, we have more places to eat, stay overnight and refuel our modes of transportation.
The glimmer of new light? Two antique stores, a repurposing store, espresso stores, bakeries, a quilt store and scrapbooking store. These are all new-age stores, offering things that the big box stores do not want to get into. Hopefully, that’s just the beginning! We need many antique stores to make the downtown a destination point. Perhaps at the beginning, existing businesses could double up, adding antiques to a part of their businesses either as an experiment or permanently.
At present, the downtown/uptown is an island within the residential section. The housing between the downtown and Highway 25 on Adams Street could also be developed with minor zoning changes and as real estate sales allow.