It’s a New Year, and time to make those New Year’s Resolutions.
Of course, this year our resolutions will look different than the ones we’ve made in the past. With the hubbub everyone experienced this past year, we need to think about rebuilding our community. We, as business owners, cannot wait for the city to put everything back together.
Talk to your business neighbors and find out what they do and how you can help them get more business. This works both ways and with each other’s help, everyone profits, even if the only result is that you get to know your neighbor better. We need to promote each other. Your customers may be able to use another business in town, and that customer tells a friend and they may become a new customer for you. We need to promote the area so that our customers will not be skeptical about coming into Ferguson. This will be a good starting point.
Get involved; work with the other businesses in town. By working with likeminded businesses owners, this will not be a daunting task. It will take some time, but together, we will be able to build our businesses and our community back to its former glory.
On a lighter note; our Northern Lights Festival was a smashing success, even though it was scaled back. The weather was perfect for mid-December and hundreds of Ferguson residents and their children enjoyed the event. There were plenty of crafts for the kids to work on and, as usual, there was lots of food, including free cookies and hot cocoa.
Some of our local children helped our Mayor, James Knowles, and Santa Claus, light the Christmas tree to cheers from the crowd. Chatting with Santa, he told me that he felt that he needed to be in Ferguson this year, even though it was only 10 days before his annual trek. So leaving his head elf to handle all of the last minute preparations in the work shop, Santa was able to help Ferguson spread the joy of the holiday.
(This section reserved for the General Membership Businesses of the FSBD.) Our board meeting is held every third Thursday of the month. We meet at 5:30 pm in the offices of Pearce Neikirk located at 427 S. Florissant Rd. Our next meeting is January 15th and all businesses located in the Downtown District are invited. We hope to see you at our meetings and if there is anything that you would like to share with your fellow district businesses, let us know; we’d be happy to help you get the word out.
Until next month, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Introduce yourself to your neighbor and keep on walking, we’re CityWalk!