3 new businesses crop up in downtown Augusta

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It seems like a lot of new businesses are heading for Downtown Augusta.

During this month, three new shops opened its doors to customers and Augusta's mayor says more could be coming.

If you've been to Downtown Augusta lately, you've probably noticed a few new options.

"I'm seeing it everyday. Every week new businesses are opening," said Daniel Simpkins

Since opening this month, Chop Shop stylist's haven't stopped doing hair and the owner says location has a lot to do with it.

"The potential just increases from being down here," Simpkins told News 12.

The barber shop isn't alone. Just this week, Metro Market opened it's doors in downtown too.

"Augusta's downtown, city center is on it's way up and I'm extremely excited," said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Copenhaver said this month alone the city's hub has welcomed three new businesses and he predicts more investors are coming.

"We've got outside development firms coming in looking to potentially develop residential options in Augusta," he said.

The mayor said creating more pedestrian activity, like the 247,000 who visited the Common this year, is critical in drawing folks to downtown and to other parts of the city.

"The more that we have in this area to draw people the better," said John Curry owner of Buona Caffe.

The cafe is across the street from the old Crums restaurant on Central Avenue. The coffee shop's owner said after Crums closed this summer the location was quickly leased out for a new restaurant coming to town.

"We just like this area a lot. It's a growing area. There's a lot of interesting things here and hopefully it will continue to grow," Curry told News 12.

Which is the same wish for the owners of the Chop Shop who say potential growth is keeping them where they are.

"Looking further down the road. Looking towards the future and I just see that everyone is drawing back down to this area and I just want to be apart of that," Simpkins told News 12.

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