“To have a business operator take a chance on Downtown Redding and open this business and hang their shingle, I think it encourages other people to get involved,” said Mangas. A new business addition helps boost the downtown community. “It’s part of creating that vitality in a neighborhood.”
People who come to the store will all kinds of products, from jewelry, clothes, to artwork. “It keeps them in downtown and thinking about spending money and that’s really a good thing. Just more to see and do really invites people to come check it out.”
“We wanted to put something here in Downtown that would celebrate our community and that’s how we came up with Gather Downtown,” said Carissa Gregory, the owner of Gather Downtown. “People walking along on the sidewalks will venture into places like this,” said Jake Mangas, the Redding Chamber of Commerce President & CEO.
Gregory said they’ve already seen a lot of foot traffic coming through its doors. “A third of our business comes from organic foot traffic and that’s a beautiful thing,” said Gregory. “We appreciate that downtown has made that happen for us.” “Every time I’ve been here, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with customers in the store more about what I do and the opportunity for commission work,” said Hanson.
Before having a space inside the store, she sold her artwork through social media. Hanson hopes by having a physical presence it will attract more customers. Inside of the shop, there are 18 vendors inside. Amani Hanson is one of those vendors.
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