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Downtown Merchants Association does it right

Erwin’s Downtown Merchants Association has done it again.
Saturday’s trick-or-treat event was well attended, and it brought a lot of people to downtown on a cool autumn night.
It’s so exciting to see what the association has been doing, especially considering the members are only loosely organized and haven’t officially established a formal group with officers and by-laws and such.
Nevertheless, these business owners and managers have really pulled off success after success. The summertime concerts and sidewalk sales were enthusiastically attended, and the community outreach for Halloween was exactly what one would expect from a business-oriented group.
Many years ago, the Downtown Merchants Association was a strong group that made things happen for the business district. It was, however, dormant for a long time until Harry and Teresa Lewis of Plant Palace got things going again. There’s not enough praise to go around for what the Lewises and other downtown merchants have accomplished in a short amount of time.
When the town of Erwin and the Unicoi County governments are handing out funds for community advocacy and tourism promotion, we suggest leaders look at what the association has accomplished.