The newly formed Midtown District in Tupelo hopes its neighborly bond will extend far beyond its imaginary borders and bring additional people to the area.
“This is a community within a community,” said Flowerdale Marketplace owner Alice Rogers and District organizer.
The business association comprises some 20 businesses bordered by South Industrial Road, West Main Street, South Gloster Street and Varsity Drive. The area is packed with mostly smaller independent stores, including a bakery, a health food store, golf shop and other specialty shops.
The city’s public works department also is helping spruce up the area. New guardrails are being installed, and new trees will be planted later this fall. About 16 aging and brittle Bradford pear trees will be taken out and replaced by sturdier trees, said David Knight, the city’s horticulture superintendent.
The Midtown District officially kicks off its new status next Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a holiday open house. Several stores will feature trunk showings and specials. Refreshments also will be provided.
READ MORE in Thursday’s Daily Journal.