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More businesses are calling the city of Columbiana home.
Main Street only has four vacancies, and the Chamber of Commerce said two of the spots soon will be occupied. Business owners say a newly renovated downtown is adding to the allure, and so is the small-town feeling.
“Something we’re excited about. We have an active tourism bureau now, which has events planned in the city for the rest of the summer. We have our wine festival coming up next Saturday, so we’re just ready to come greet people who want to come spend a day in Columbiana,” said Deann Davis of PHD Manufacturing.
One of the city’s newest businesses is the Columbiana Diner. Owners Larry Deidrick and Vicki Smith are serving up what they call simple good food from the 1960s.
The building housed a drug store 50 years ago.
Pictures in the diner tell the story of Columbiana and diners will find some rather interesting decorations, including a 1927 soda fountain complete with the owner’s manual.
“Everything in the diner is for sale, so we kind of brought in the retail side of it. We have furniture here, we have collectibles , we have Coca-Cola memorabilia,” Deidrick said.
Deidrick said he’s been thinking about opening a diner for some time now. He also is the current president of the Columbiana Area Bureau of Tourism.
“We’re so excited to see the storefronts being filled up,” Davis said.
And fellow business owners agree.
“It’s nice to see the stores full, and right now next door to us they’re working in there and renovating. I think it’s going to be some type of coffee shop, so we’re excited for that too. It’s nice to see new things come to town,” said Marilyn Hatch of Wellman’s Flower Shop.
The oil and gas industry is also giving Columbiana a business boost, with workers shopping and eating in town.
“We have an oil and gas company in one of the offices on Main Street, and we also have an engineering firm that’s involved in the gas and oil company on Main Street as well,” Davis said.
Foot traffic is exceeding expectations at the Columbiana Diner and if customers have a few cents to spare, the diner has a deal that will take them back in time.
“I remember my dad taking me to the diner to get the 5-cent cherry Coke, so we do serve the 5-cent cherry Coke and for 5 cents,” Diedrick said.