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Main Street Holidays: Downtown Columbus

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The Dispatch wrote Main Street Holidays: Downtown Columbus

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Troy Robinson is all business when a client comes into his Downtown store (T. Jazz Fashions) looking to create a new business wardrobe. He instantly knows the size and style the client wants, and within 15 minutes has the client trying on suits and sports coats. The clothes elicit a smile of contentment from the customer, who buys more than $2,000 in merchandise.

When Yusuf Sadiq moved his diamond brokerage company from his home office to a Downtown storefront (Y Sadiq Diamond) four years ago, he did so with a strong entrepreneurial spirit that led him to believe that he would succeed in the jewelry store business. It’s that same spirit that has sustained him during the current downturn, which has many consumers rethinking luxury spending.

Terry Daniels wants people to know that Downtown does have plenty of retail and most of the shops are pretty nice. So he and a group of other business owners on Main Street and nearby have created the Red Brick Business District as a way to say, “Hey, we’re here and we’re open for business.” “You don’t hear the drumbeat of Downtown revitalization as much as you’ve heard in the past,” Daniels said as he stood in his airy, upscale men’s and women’s fashion store (CJ Daniels). “That worries me because I don’t want people to think we’re not here.”

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