LEETONIA, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been more than 30 years since a store like Mimi’s Boutique has been open for business in downtown Leetonia.
Owner Debra McCoy said it is a dream come true.
“It has been overwhelming right now, but very exciting,” McCoy said.
The store has been in the works for more than year, ever since McCoy decided she was ready for a change.
“I was just getting bored with my everyday job I had, which was good, but I just wanted to do something more,” McCoy said.
That “something more” came in the form of a women’s clothing and accessories store. Mimi’s Boutique will officially open its doors Saturday.
Mimi’s is not the only bright spot in Leetonia’s economy. Thirty years ago, Leetonia had a hustling, bustling downtown. Now, several small business owners are determined to make it that once again.
Emily Kegelmyer and her mother own the Down on Main Custom Apparel & Graphics and the Down on Main Dollar or So. They have been helping McCoy with some small business know-how.
Kegelmyer wants to see more locally owned shops come into town.
“It would be nice to restore everything, to bring it back, to make it a home again. It needs to be a home again. It’s Leetonia,” she said.
And Kegelmyer said that is already starting to happen. There are several new businesses in the works, including a pizza shop and grocery store.
All the changes have people talking.
“It is very exciting to see new faces. It is exciting to see new people coming out of their homes to see what is going on downtown,” Kegelmyer said.
But, it will take more than just the businesses. They also need customers.
“If everybody would shop local, it would help everybody out,” Kegelmyer said.
Shopping local is something a lot of folks already seem to be looking forward to at Mimi’s Boutique.
“They are coming in knocking. ‘Can we just come in and look?’ They are picking stuff out for the day it opens,” McCoy said.