Revitalization Brings Business

Reinventing The Downtown
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The city of Chipley has gone back to its original railroad roots' and business is picking up.

Three-years-ago, Pat Brown opened The Chocolate Gallery in downtown Chipley.

Pat says the quaint, hometown atmosphere sold her on the community.

This month, business couldn't have been better. "It is an older, quaint type of hometown. A place where folks stroll along the sidewalks and antique shops," says Brown.

The downtown area has attracted a number of specialty type shops.

The Dog House sells unique, baked goods for pets, and the customer base is not just local. Folks from Alabama and Georgia have found the business.

"We have a lot of folks coming here from other places. The last two weeks have really been good. I’m glad they come from all over," says Vanessa Hatcher with The Dog House.

In the late 1980's and early 90's, a downtown revitalization committee helped to bring the town back to its railroad origins from the late 19th-century.

"I love Chipley. It’s a cozy place to enjoy shopping, and meeting folks. Yes, this is a great place to do business," says Carolyn Sasser, owner of Carolyn's Fashions.

Chipley isn't the only city in Florida benefiting from downtown revitalization. Recently, Marianna and Crestview, Florida also got a facelift.