There’s plenty of work traffic on Foster Street in downtown Dothan, but for many businesses its pedestrian traffic that they need for success.
"We actually have seven eateries either open or about to be open...I think for many years there wasn't enough down here for foot traffic now there is," said Cathy Cole with The Downtown Group.
Many business owners say it's going to take a change of attitude, or lifestyle for Dothan residents to start making more frequent trips to the downtown area. They just need something to draw them this direction.
"We need more businesses down here we need some retail or something like that on this end of the street but right now there's just not," says Janna Everett, owner of Blue Moon Café.
The Blues Kitchen Barbecue on Foster Street says they sold just a couple beverages among the huge crowds on Saturday during the National Peanut Festival parade
Laura Stevens of the Blues Kitchen BBQ says, "There needs to be a reason for people to come down which tere is more reason now than there's ever been"
As early as next year, there could be even more reason to come down, as the upper floors of the Penny Building will put more residents in downtown Dothan, living overhead the D'Monico's Italian Gardens, scheduled to open later this month.
"If we have a residential base down here, it's going to be advantages for those people because they don't have to incur those travel expenses," said Nick Nitkowski
Developers say the loft apartment spaces upstairs in the Penny Building will range from $6-1100 a month and could be completed by late 2009.