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Flint Farmers' Market helps boost business downtown

Flint Farmers' Market helps boost business downtown

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(07/01/14) - Some consider it a major new attraction.  
The Flint Farmers' Market has been open for more than a week, and business hasn't been slow at all.
Many restaurant owners downtown say since the Farmers's Market opened, they've noticed some good changes that are helping their business.
They're still trying to find ways to compete.

The Flint Farmers' Market is becoming a popular hangout spot for many people to come and enjoy a nice meal.
"We get to try different things. We eat downtown almost every day because we all work in the Mott Foundation building, so we've been eating at these downtown restaurants and it's kind of nice to get a little change up too," said Marcus Papin.

Having the market in this location is also positive for downtown restaurants. More customers are coming in to their businesses.

"I think we're getting a lot more foot traffic down here and I think we're actually getting some of the over flow from the restaurants downtown in the Farmers' Market, I think some of them are to capacity and people are coming in," said Nadine Cook, owner of Churchill's in Flint.

Although local businesses in the area think it's a good idea to have the market downtown, they still fear that they could lose customers if they don't find ways to compete.
Generally, Churchill's opens its doors at 8 p.m on Saturdays, but now they plan to open before noon as a way to keep up with demand.

"We're actually going to, July 12 is going to be our first Saturday, and we will be opening on Saturdays and so we're hoping it's going to be a good thing, we're going to try to ride the wave so to speak and hopefully it's just going to continue to grow," Cook said.
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