STANTON — Business is booming in downtown Stanton.
Montcalm Alliance Executive Director Franz Mogdis reported to the Montcalm County Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday that many new businesses have opened in the past two months in downtown Stanton.
Mogdis partially credited Stanton City Manager James Freed for the increase in business development.
“I think having an active city manager who is visible and doing things has a positive impact because people see it and feel that something positive is going on,” Mogdis said. “For the first time in quite a while there seems to be quite a good amount of activity.”
Freed recently met with downtown business owners to hear their thoughts about local business development.
“We are excited about the positive news coming from our downtown,” Freed said. “We are working hard to create a more stable and conducive environment for economic growth in our community. But most of all we are working to ensure local government gets out of the way of the free markets, free enterprise and the free people who create jobs and prosperity. We know that local government doesn’t create prosperity or jobs, but rather our talented, skilled and educated entrepreneurs do.”
New businesses opening on Main Street in downtown Stanton include:
• Partners Lounge, which has been bought and is being reopened.
• The Dairy Barn in Greenville is opening an ice cream shop where Rustic Floral was formerly located.
• Two floral shops — one next to Ballard Bonds Services and another next to Packer General Store.
• An irrigation supply store in the old City Hall building.
• An antique shop across from Leppink’s.
• A beauty salon across from Leppink’s.
“We encourage everyone in the region to visit our beautiful and historic downtown,” Freed said. “There is just so much to see and visit.”