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Princess Anne Celebrates Growth and Diversity of Main Street District

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Town leaders in Princess Anne say Main Street is making a come back. The community development network team and Main Street Princess Anne hosted a celebration Thursday to recognize the growth and diversity of the town's business district.

Town leaders credit the recent growth to the redevelopment of the Washington Inn and Tavern, which reopened three years ago.

"Washington Inn was one of the catalysts for that so there was a lot of investment in this institution here, which is kind of an anchor downtown," says Carrie Samis, manager of Main Street Princess Anne.

Samis says since the Washington Inn utilized state funding to renovate, nearly 10 new businesses have opened on Main Street in the last 18 months.

"If you walk up and down the street and visit some of the stores, you'll notice quickly that most of the businesses downtown are owned and operated by women, people of color, and immigrants, and so that really truly reflects the diversity of our town," Samis says.

Ed Wilkes is opening a cafe downtown, right next door to his wife's boutique. They both say business downtown is growing.

"We're getting a lot of tourists and visitors coming through, which is great," Orlena Williams says. "A lot of more activity downtown."


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