RETAIL RESURGENCE — SEVERAL BUSINESSES HAVE CLOSED UP SHOP IN THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE — WHILE ANOTHER AREA — HERTEL AVENUE — IS EXPERIENCING AN ECONOMIC BOOM. GOOD EVENING EVERYONE. I’M ERICA BRECHER. SOME RETAILERS HAVE MOVED FROM ELMWOOD TO HERTEL AVENUE…OR OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY IN THE LAST YEAR AND CHANGE. NEWS 4’S SHANNON SMITH LOOKED INTO WHY THAT IS AND WHAT BUSINESS OWNERS ARE DOING TO BUILD UP THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE. ((YOU GO TO THESE STORES BECAUSE YOU’RE FINDING SOMETHING UNIQUE AND DYNAMIC THAT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FIND AT TARGET OR AT THE MALL.)) TAKING A WALK DOWN ELMWOOD AVENUE….YOU’LL SEE SEVERAL UNIQUE SMALL BUSINESSES…INCLUDIN G THE THIN ICE GIFT SHOP. BUT YOU’LL ALSO NOTICE SOME ‘FOR LEASE’ SIGNS — A SIGN BUSINESS MAY BE CHANGING IN THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE. (( “I DON’T THINK IT HAS HIT A PLATEAU. I MEAN I’VE BEEN HERE FOR ALMOST 13 YEARS AND IT ALWAYS EBBS AND FLOWS. EVERY TIME THERE IS AN EBB EVERYBODY KINDA FREAKS OUT AND SAYS SOMETHING’S HAPPENING BUT IT’S NOT IT ALWAYS EBBS AND FLOWS. WHILE CERTAINLY THERE ARE BUSINESSES THAT ARE CLOSING THERE ARE PLENTY THAT ARE OPENING AS WELL.”)) SOME BUSINESSES LIKE NEWBURY SALADS — CLOSED UP SHOP ON ELMWOOD AND OPENED ELSEWHERE — ON MAIN AND HERTEL. NEWBURY IS PART OF THE NEW MINI FOOD HALL — PK EATS –JUST ANOTHER ADDITION TO A GROWING AREA ON HERTEL. ((THERE ARE A LOT MORE THINGS COMING TO HERTEL IN THE NEAR FUTURE. AND RIGHT NOW THERE’S SO MUCH SYNERGY HAPPENING ON HERTEL AND EVERYTHING’S WORKING WELL TOGETHER. )) COUNCILMAN JOEL FEROLETO REPRESENTS BOTH THE HERTEL AND ELMWOOD AVENUE AREA. AND HE SAYS MANY BUSINESSES CLOSED ON ELMWOOD AVENUE DUE TO THE CLOSING OF THE OLD WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL HE SAYS MANY EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS FROM THE HOSPITAL HELPED SURROUNDING BUSINESSES. ((I THINK THAT THAT IS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR BUT A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES ARE STILL GOING IN THERE. I MEAN ROOT AND BLOOM JUST OPENED AND THEY’RE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS ALREADY)) BOTH DEUTSCHLANDER OF THIN ICE AND TSOUFLIDIS OF NEWBURY ARE BOARD MEMBERS OF THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION. ((YOU CAN SEE NOW THAT BUSINESSES ARE EITHER CLOSED OR OR NOW THEY’RE GETTING SOME RESURGENCE OF NEW BUSINESSES THAT DON’T REALLY RELY ON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL)) STORE OWNERS AND THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP RECRUIT MORE RETAILERS TO AREA. ((WE’RE MAKING STRIDES SLOWLY BUT ELMWOOD IS GOING TO COME BACK ROARING BACK )) FEROLETO SAYS A RETAIL GROUP IS WORKING ON A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SITE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WILL WORK BEST