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Sometimes, even in broad daylight or with the help of streetlamps, determining which downtown businesses are open can be difficult. Short of actually pulling on the door handles or squinting to read the businesses hours, how can you really be sure? What if you want to know if a business is open before walking down or crossing the street? The Paris Downtown Association has come up with a simple solution: just look for the flags!
Beginning with tonight’s “Party on the Plaza,” participating members of the PDA will add a new decoration to their storefronts. Currently, the businesses display their PDA membership in the form of a small window flag, but they will soon wave a second banner-one that will easily let visitors know when they are open. Referred to as a “Flag Campaign” by Robin Weemes, PDA member and owner of Itsy Bitsy Spider, it is intended to significantly improve the downtown shopping experience.
“We’re doing a new thing, trying to draw people to downtown and trying to get new members to PDA,” Weemes said. “We’re going to start a campaign. Look for the flags.”
The flags, which will be displayed outside each participating business, are much larger than their window counterparts and will be easily visible during both day and night.
“Everybody that’s going to be open will have their flags out, and so instead of people guessing…because some of our businesses look dark and you never know whether they’re open or not,” Weemes said. “So if you’ve got a flag out in front and people know…to look for the flags, then they’ll know that we’re open and they’ll come in and shop.”
Though some businesses will be open later for “Party on the Plaza,” the flags will not extend regular business hours for other days. They will only be flown during each individual shop’s hours; however, visitors can expect to see these flags on a daily basis.
“This is going to be from now on out,” Weemes said. “If you’re a member of PDA, then you get a flag to put out in front of your building, and you just put it out when you’re open, so that way, people know, ‘Hey, they’re open’.”
Sometimes, the layout of downtown Paris can make locating businesses difficult. Since many shops are not situated directly in the square, many people may miss out on all of the opportunities downtown has to offer. Weemes hopes that the flags will alleviate this issue and contribute to an easier, more enjoyable shopping experience.
“If you know to look for the flags, you know that the flag’s out front…it’s not a waste of time to walk down there,” Weemes said. “You know that store’s open. It’s a convenience thing.”
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra