Downtown Ferndale grew in new businesses and in many other economic ways in 2013.
Two major investments were made in the downtown infrastructure: the rebuild of West Nine Mile Road, and a new parking meter system meant to make a visit to downtown easier and visitor stays longer.
According to the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority,
32 new businesses opened, including Dynasty Media Network, C! Tech Solutions, Schramm's Meadery, the Public House restaurant and Shine On Yoga. Other established businesses such as Treat Dreams , Modern Natural Baby, Painting with A Twist and Boston Tea Room expanded their spaces or products or moved into larger space as the local economy continued looking up in 2013.
In all, 2013 saw some $5 million in private and public investment and 300 new jobs, says Ferndale DDA executive director Cristina Sheppard-Decius.
Ferndale's downtown is made up of about 350 businesses across 3.9 linear miles centered around Woodward and 9 Mile.
“Entrepreneurs are investing in the district in big and small ways,” said Sheppard-Decius. “Whether they grow in place or add a second business, make interior improvements or exterior changes, they are committed to downtown Ferndale. Their commitment, coupled with that of our public officials who are committed to making significant infrastructure improvements, creates a synergy that attracts new investors, new businesses. It is a formula for growth – and it is working in downtown Ferndale.”
Source: Chris Hughes and Cristina Sheppard-Decius, Ferndale Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine