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Cambridge Corner Stores Signal Growth Downtown

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  There is a lot of work being done in Cambridge.  Six months ago, many corner stores were vacant and silent.  Chris Brohawn, co-owner of RAR Brewing, said it was a sad sight.

"It was tough to see those guys go.  We had Bliss across the street which was an anchor, it was one of the better retail shops Cambridge has seen and it was sad to see that place go," said Brohawn.

But the tide is turning.  Renovations are taking place at several of these corner buildings.  One has been vacant for quite a few years now, but over the past few months men have been working to bring it back to life.  This is just one of four different corner stores under construction.  The work is being done by locals for locals. That is reassuring to some.

"It's huge.  Those guys know what we're up against, they know the local economy.  They've got a good feel for it and if they are excited about it, I'm excited about it," Brohawn said.

"I've always thought it was coming back and nobody believed me!  So now, I think that people are starting to believe that it's coming back," said Amanda Bramble, owner of Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill.

She says while there has been talk over the years of Cambridge downtown coming back, she thinks this summer, it will finally come together.

"It's been happening but it's all coming together now.  I think this is going to be the biggest summer Cambridge has ever had," said Bramble.

Many of the incoming businesses are bars and restaurants, building on Cambridge's efforts to become known as a dining destination.

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