New businesses add to Monticello

Express Editorial

     Some towns struggle to fill their empty storefronts. But here in Monticello, we have locals willing to open new businesses because they want this town to thrive.

     Just a couple of weeks ago, the Express featured the opening of Bipsy and Bopsy Boutique. Two gals who were already running a successful business, Almost Famous Dance Studio, felt the need to expand their expertise and open a clothing and accessory shop.

     Within the next weeks, we’ll feature It Is What It Is, located across the street from the Monticello Post Office. This shop sells unique items and home goods, also owned locally, and filling a storefront that has remained vacant for some time.

     In the former Flower Shoppe building on E. First Street, two local women have opened Blended Wind Photography Studio. When we walk by, the windows are decorated for the holiday season and you can see the owners inside busy at work.

     In June of 2016, three other locals came together to reopen a business that would have left a hole in town. Shine On Gifts & Specialties is located inside what was Brier Rose. They’ve kept some of the same merchandise, while bringing in their own flair of items to sell.

     Each of these businesses and more offers something different and special to the people and visitors of Monticello. They add to the local businesses as well.

     It takes a lot to open your own business in a small town, but it’s worth it if the local community supports that endeavor.

     Let’s hope we see more business in 2017, and please continue to support the businesses we have. (K.N.B.)

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