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Holiday Tree Lights up Downtown Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- Hundreds of people crowded downtown Salisbury Friday night for the annual holiday tree lighting. The local business owners who call downtown home hope the business bump from Friday's event lasts all holiday season long.

"It gives us a nice little economic boost and it helps us to get through the month and it's really awesome and beneficial," said Tim Spindler, one of the owners of MayaBella Pizzeria.

Spindler says holiday shoppers often forget about downtown Salisbury and events like the tree lighting are a great reminder.

"There's not a lot of stores down here so there's not a lot of shopping during the holiday time," he said. "These events really is what keeps us going and keeps the people coming down here."

For dedicated downtown shoppers like Gerry Patt Jr., downtown is a gem more people need to discover.

"I think it's all here, we just need to get the word out and get people out to see it," he said.

The Art Institute and Gallery expects to see their bottom line benefit this holiday season, but only if business owners work together.

"It's important that all of those businesses work together, they can't do it on their own," Andrea Gentry-Seidl, the gallery director said. "The downtown can be very dead at 7 o'clock but not on third Friday."

And back at MayaBella Pizzeria, Spindler hopes to see more events and customers come to downtown Salisbury.

"It's definitely important for the businesses downtown, do more events if possible, diversify in the events we do down here," he said. "aAnd I think those are the things that maintain people coming downtown."

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