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2011 in Review: Main Street Making Moves

While there were some business closings on Main Street in 2011, several small, medium and large businesses found new homes on Main Street as the Reisterstown Improvement Association worked to revitalize the area.

This past year was one of great growth and progress for Main Street. Thanks to several new businesses, the efforts of the Reisterstown Improvement Association (RIA) and two local festivals, Main Street saw its share of improvements and attention this year.

Thanks to a in March, the RIA was able to purchase for Main Street. While shop owners said , they see beautification of the area as one piece of the larger revitalization puzzle, and every bit helps. The RIA also made sure the State Highway Administration installed .

Despite some closings and a its doors, several new businesses opened in the Main Street corridor in 2011. , an urgent care facility, opened in December. opened on Main Street at Stocksdale Avenue in September. , a New York style-Jewish deli, opened in September a couple of weeks before Wawa. Earlier in the year, for a short time, but was quickly . 2012 may bring the re-opening of Memphis on Main Street, the .

, an annual May event, brought for a sunny weekend. The 25th annual also packed Main Street and the Hannah More property in September. Its showcased community groups, businesses and officials.

Although 2011 saw a lot of positive things on Main Street, it was not a year without obstacles.

The Baltimore County Board of Education dealt a blow to Main Street revitalization when it next to the Chatsworth School and Franklin Elementary for parking. Two stores, and , were victims of armed robberies in recent months. No one was injured in the incidents and both stores remain open, although The Cow is now closed for season.

Those two isolated incidents can be eclipsed , which had Main Street shops packed compared to previous years.

In 2012, the RIA plans to partner with Bloomin’ Artfest, help get a farmers market going and receive more grant funds for Main Street. on Main Street plans to redevelop its property. To hopefully spur even more redevelopment, local advocates, including RIA President Glenn Barnes, will meet with county planning officials to discuss the .

With plenty of room for more improvement, 2012 will surely be an exciting year for Main Street.

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