Businesses to discuss downtown
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Downtown business owners and others will assemble Thursday evening to discuss the results of a survey on the future of the core of the city.
About 210 people filled out a survey done this summer and fall. Some filled it out from a newspaper form and other business owners and employees were contacted by Main Street Martinsburg, which is overseeing the project,
Brenda Casabona, owner of DeFluri's Fine Chocolates on Queen Street, coordinated the surveys and said the desires are clear from the results.
"For the most part, people want shops they wouldn't find at the mall - and restaurants, a lot of requests for restaurants," she said. "Overwhelmingly, people wanted nonchain restaurants. They wanted ethnic restaurants, Thai food and other ethnic-type restaurants. And they wanted more quick in-and-out sandwich places."