At least five new businesses coming to downtown Paducah

At least five new businesses coming to downtown Paducah
By: Erica Byfield

PADUCAH, Ky. - City leaders in Paducah cut the ribbon on a brand new business opening up downtown. We attended the festivities and learned the good news does not stop there.

The saying goes when it rains, it pours.

That's the adage leaders in Paducah hope plays out here, when it comes to businesses opening and staying downtown. Eleanor Burns, founder of "Quilt in a Day" is the latest business owner to open up shop. "Basically we've just been coming here in April for the show."

Not any more, this quilting phenom's store is here to stay. "I have a TV series that's been on for 20 years, quilters know me and they feel close to me," Burns went on to say "I think it's a good thing to do have a store permanently and people can enjoy the store."

City commissioner Gayle Kaler is sure Burns' star power will be a big selling point for both Paducah and downtown "she's going to be a dynamo for Paducah." Kaler's also quick to point out, that's not all the good news. By the end of 2007, four other new businesses will open up.

They include a new general store on Broadway, renovated office space, some high rise condos and a new restaurant.
Kaler says these developments support the city's goal for revitalization "to make downtown a vital area to live in and to have those businesses down here that support the people who live here."
So, after years of trying it seems like the city has a flood of new business downtown and Eleanor Burns says she looks forward to floating on a wave of success.