New Businesses Boost Downtown Economy

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 5:25pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:39pm

Business owners in downtown El Paso want to attract more customers. They want downtown to turn it into a vibrant place where people can go to enjoy restaurants and shopping.

Two new shops have recently added customer traffic at the San Carlos Building on Texas and Campbell.

Arlette Morales opened her own jewelry store three months ago.

"I know that downtown El Paso is growing. I know there are a lot things sprouting and I think it's a great place to start in terms of art," said Morales.

And the best part, her jewelry is all hand-made.

Just next door - sits Red Door, a unique vintage shop that's been open since February.

"With them revitalizing everything, it's nice to have other boutiques as well to kinda boost the morale and shopping experience downtown," said co-owner Sunshine Holguin.

The store also sells artwork, all created by local artists.

The manager of the San Carlos Building said he's looking for more businesses to fill empty space and boost traffic in the area.

"Our main goal is to kinda focus on bring complementary businesses to downtown and we're kinda hoping to attract foot traffic here," said manager Anthony Flores.

Just a few blocks away, across the street from San Jacinto Plaza, Le Trendy has been doing business for a couple of years.

"I know there's some empty buildings, but we need to make it grow and people from El Paso need to support downtown," said co-owner Abel Gonzalez.

"It's gonna take time but we know we can do it so we're feeling good here. Come to downtown. Don't be afraid. There's a lot of good places to eat and shop," said co-owner Linet Vela.

Arlette Accessories: 501 Texas Ave. Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Red Door: 501 Texas Ave. Hours: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday Noon - 5 p.m.

Le Trendy: 306 North Mesa Hours: Monday – Saturday Noon – 6 p.m.

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You reported 2 new retail stores in downtown...but failed to report the many stores that have closed. Thanks to Mex violance, lack of bridge inspectors, economy, and our city leaders moving the buses away from SJ Plaza. You failed to look down San Antonio, Mesa, and Stanton streets....you will notice many vacant properties. We need leadership to address helping the RETAIL sector of downtown.

You report 2 business that have come to downtown in the past year...but did not report the 12-18 that have closed. Thanks to our leaders...they moved the buses out of San Jan. Plaza, and thus all of the foot-traffic left with it. Now we have newly a remodeled Mills building with no tenants, as well as vacant commercial spaces and buildings all around SJ Plaza, Mesa, Stanton, San Antonio, Overland, El Paso streets. Pls report on the lack of our city leaders on rebuilding RETAIL in dntwn.

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