There was heavy residential damage in the city of Enterprise during the March 1st tornadoes, but downtown Enterprise is open for business and doing well.
Officials say it's all about location, location, location, and downtown Enterprise is the place to be.
President of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Phil Thomas says, "A lot of people are under the assumption that downtown Enterprise was totally devastated or partially devastated by the tornado, which is not true. There was some damage to the N. Main area, a few businesses were affected, but the majority, about 98% of downtown was not affected."
Of the 565 businesses registered with the Chamber of Commerce, Thomas says approximately 2% were damaged during the tornado.
Jimmy Bass has been cutting hair in his barber shop for more than 20 years. He says being downtown gives him a constant flow of customers. "I just like the atmosphere. I just like being downtown," he says.
And he's not the only one. Wendy Muccio owns A Chic Boutique, which opened its doors less than a month ago. With a location in the heart of the city, Muccio says the response has already exceeded her expectations.
"I think it's added to my success because of all the traffic,” Muccio says. “Being next to the Rawls Hotel, I think it's the perfect place to be."
From historic sites to new businesses, the downtown district continues to be a growing, thriving part of the Enterprise business community.
For more information about events and new business openings, you can contact the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce at 347-0581 or visit www.enterprisealabama.com.