Sikeston locals and business owners work to revitalize downtown

Sikeston locals and business owners work to revitalize downtown

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Sikeston locals and downtown business owners are coming together to bring historic downtown back to life.

Parengo Coffee is just one of the new businesses located around the depot in historic Sikeston.

"We thought downtown Sikeston was a perfect place to put one in and it turned out to be a really good move for us," owner Colby Williams said.

From events to shops, lots of things about downtown bring customers.

"I like the landscape of downtown. I think it has a lot of potential," one Parengo customer said.

"It's a good time. Everybody is super nice. Friendly," One shopper said.

But it's not only the new that's revamping the area.

"We've been in business in this location for over 50 years," Megan Parker at Men of Falkoff's and Ladies store said.

Across from the park, Falkoff's is a staple of downtown.

"I hope we can continue to bring the latest in fashion and trends to the Sikeston area to keep people shopping local," Parker said.

Parker says for downtown owners, it's about more than just their businesses.

"They're all local people working for the greater good of Sikeston," Parker said.

Volunteers have even put together a magazine to draw people downtown.

"All who think downtown is a cool place," Williams said.

Williams is the editor. He said the free booklet highlights what's going on now and also looks to the future.

"We are not quite there yet. So we think 'Brink' sums up what we think about our neighborhood," Williams said.

It's the perfect title for the hopeful future of a once thriving downtown.

"People are walking around on the sidewalks, they're going in and out of the stores. Downtown is becoming alive again," President of Historic Downtown Sikeston Charlette M. Vanover said.

If you want to check out downtown Sikeston, this weekend would be a great time to kick your holiday off right.

You can visit all the stores at the Holiday Open House. All the shops will stay open late. There will be food, music, sales, and all those holiday lights and fun decorations.

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