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Downtown Syracuse Welcomes 20th New Business in One Year

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Downtown Syracuse Welcomes 20th New Business in One Year
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The business scene in Downtown Syracuse has seen a number of changes in recent months. Wednesday marked the grand opening of the latest newcomer. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Sarah Blazonis has the details.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Indie Kids on West Jefferson Street is the 20th business to open its doors downtown in the past year. It's not alone, right next door, Blown Away hair Salon is getting ready to open in the next week or so. Officials with the Downtown Committee say this is the result of years of growing interest in space downtown.

Michelle Brancaccio says Armory Square quickly became one of her favorite parts of Syracuse when she and her husband moved here from Hoboken five years ago.

"We just love the city feeling, we love the local restaurants, the local shops, we bring the kids here to do their hair," said Brancaccio, owner of Indie Kids.

So when she decided to open up a children's clothing boutique, the neighborhood seemed like a fitting location.

Indie Kids offers brands shoppers might not be able to find elsewhere, as well as extras for kids.

"Not only can you go shopping, but I'm going to have 'Create a Cape,' and I'm going to do other activities in here for kids," Brancaccio said.

"Our strength has always been in the local, independent retailers, and a unique product that you can't find in other locations," said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

Indie Kids is the 20th business to open downtown since last May. Officials with the Downtown Committee say that's double the amount of the same time frame last year. Some, like Indie Kids, moved into space vacated by business closings.

"They were snatched up pretty quickly by new businesses looking to come in, but we're also seeing as buildings are getting renovated, there's new retail spaces getting renovated as well that paves the way for new businesses to come in," said Treier.

And taking a walk around Armory Square shows more change is on the way.

"If you want something different and you want to support local businesses, this is where you go. I've worked in the mall for years and years and years and years, and this just gives you an alternative," said Brancaccio.

There are efforts to build off of the shopping traffic that comes to DestinyUSA, but the Downtown Committee says part of what attracts businesses are the things that would already draw people downtown, like the restaurants and the MoST.

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