WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) — A new and improved look attracts customers.
That's the idea behind the restoration of buildings in downtown Water Valley.
Main Street Association Director Mickey Howley says 12 formerly empty buildings have been renovated over the past five years.
Each building has a business inside.
Of the six empty buildings left, two are in the process of being purchased.
Howley says people have been looking at the buildings, which is a positive sign.
"If we try and bring a building back to its original look, we think it brings back the character, and that's what people are interested in — the character of certain buildings," Howley said. "That is a relationship between the character of a building, the business that's in it and the building's ability to produce on an economic level."
Newer businesses include a grocery store with a restaurant inside, a photo studio, a dress shop and three art galleries.