According to Wikipedia, Henderson is a home rule-class city along the Ohio River in Henderson County in western Kentucky in the United States. The population was 28,757 at the 2010 U.S. census. What that doesn’t tell you is Henderson, KY is a great place to live and work and raise a family. Lisa and I love it here. I was born and raised here. Lisa moved here from just across the river after we got married almost 40 years ago. So even though my post yesterday focused on empty buildings and such, there is still so much downtown to be thankful for.
Several restaurants, shops, parks, sunsets on the riverfront, walks on the river walk, music events and other entertainment. According to destinationdevelopment.com, “The number one activity of visitors in the world is shopping, dining and entertainment in
a pedestrian-friendly, intimate setting – your downtowns. This is where 80% of all non-lodging tourism spending takes place.” Now, I’m not sure if that percentage applies to our little downtown area, but it would be nice. I do know that I see folks visiting our fair city in the shop almost every day. I don’t have the numbers, but I normally ask my customers where they are from and a large percent are from out of town.
Here’s something to think about. If locals don’t hang out and shop and eat downtown, visitors are less likely to. How often do you frequent your downtown? It’s very important that you do as much as you can.
There’s so much potential and opportunity downtown. Do you see it, too?
Photo by my talented photographer friend, Mark Herron.