Pocahontas: booming downtown

Peter Kaspari

POCAHONTAS — The Princess City of Pocahontas has a lot to be proud of after new businesses moved into the downtown area over the past year.

City Administrator Eric List said business has been booming in Pocahontas with several downtown businesses moving in or older businesses being purchased by new owners.

“Visual Designs opened up in the last year, up on Main Street,” he said. “Faith and Floral changed ownership, and they changed some of their offerings they have.”

In addition, New Impressions, a boutique, expanded and moved to a new Main Street location.

The new stores on Main Street have left a positive impact on the town.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Jeana Schott, of Pocahontas, browses the shelves at the Pocahontas Public Library recently. The library recently purchased a number of iPads that are available for the public to use.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari
Jeana Schott, of Pocahontas, browses the shelves at the Pocahontas Public Library recently. The library recently purchased a number of iPads that are available for the public to use.

“It’s been very positive, I would say, for business expansion,” List said. “There’s been some times where it’s slowed down, but the people are seeing (the change).”

And while the businesses are important, just as important is the fact that people are shopping in these locations.

“It’s been really nice to see the growth that we’ve seen on Main Street,” he said. “Five or six years ago, we were talking about quite a few empty buildings on Main Street. We don’t have that as an issue anymore.”

It’s not just downtown Pocahontas that has seen growth, either. List said BrandFX, which builds truck bodies, and is located just outside of Pocahontas, recently announced an expansion.

“They’re trying to add about 30 to 40 jobs,” he said. “They’re expanding their workforce and putting on a second shift.”

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Main Street in downtown Pocahontas has seen success with business over the past year. City Administrator Eric List said nearly every storefront downtown is occupied by a business.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari
Main Street in downtown Pocahontas has seen success with business over the past year. City Administrator Eric List said nearly every storefront downtown is occupied by a business.

Infrastructure improvements were also a highlight of 2017, including a rebuild of the city substation.

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