We first told you about Union City residents coming together to spruce up their community in May. We checked in with businesses six months later, to see how things have been going since their "Paint the Town" efforts.
The business owners we spoke with say its nice to see small businesses like theirs filling main streets again. And they've also seen people rekindle their pride for their hometown.
The community came together to clean up their down store fronts, and get back to the small town America feeling they once knew just six months ago. Since then, new businesses have popped, and others have even expanded.
David Lyle owns French Creek Mercantile
. He just added his store eight weeks ago, and says, his hand made wood carvings and wood furniture are something new for the people here.
"I wanted to see the community have a different and a new store, with a new approach, a new look, new products," said Lyle.
One business that was there for Paint the Town was Cobblestone Herbs Cafe and Bakery
. In June, the business expanded. Owner Tracy Hamrick says she's seen excitement back on main street.
"They come in and excited to have things spruced up. They're proud, its a sense of pride, you know your hometown, everybody wants to be proud of where they live and where they come from."
Both Lyle and Hamrick stressed the importance of people shopping small, saying it really does help support the local economy.