CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The City of Conway held it's annual living Christmas displays Thursday evening, attempting to bring more shoppers out to the historic downtown district for some holiday shopping.
"Something like tonight will bring people out and really get them into the spirit," said Debbie Stephens, owner of the successful specialty shop Bodega.
Stephens has run the store on Third Street since 2005, she's seen some stores come and go in the area.
"Sometimes you try things that just don't pan out," she said.
Among the district, several empty storefronts peek out amid the stores decorated for Christmas. Nicole Moore, owner of Gypsy Boutique, says it's less about what wouldn't work in Conway, and more about how the stores that don't make it are run.
"The best advice I can give is have a plan," Moore said.
Younger shoppers say the rustic feel of Conway's downtown has great potential, but haven't yet found a draw that would keep them away from the beach.
"It's so cute, but it just needs something else," said CCU student Kirsten Haines. "You're so close to a college, you could have little restaurants and cafes with college specials."
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:47:03 GMT
Breaking News: Saginaw and Michigan State Police on are the scene of a quadruple shooting in Saginaw. Investigators confirm four people were shot at a pre-prom gathering in the parking lot of the FlorenceMore >
A 17 year old girl was shot and killed and three others wounded at a pre-prom gathering in Saginaw. The three others that were wounded were all female.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:37:48 GMT
WNEM has received word of an accident involving a STARS bus on Saginaw's east side. The accident happened near the intersection of Gallagher Street and Sheridan Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Friday. It isMore >
An accident involving a STARS transit bus on Saginaw's east side sent three people to the hospital Friday morning. The bus and a van collided and the bus then crashed into two different houses in the area.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:21 GMT
A car crash has blocked the northbound lanes of M-13 in Bay County. Bay County central dispatch said the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Friday just north of the Kawkawlin River Road and Russel Road. DriversMore >
The northbound lanes of M-13 have been reopened following a two-car crash in Bay County.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:00 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:00:26 GMT
Are you staying closer to home this weekend but looking for a place to take the family? Well, TV5 has some options for you. Bikes, Barks and Balloons is happening in Frankenmuth this Memorial Day weekend,More >
Are you staying closer to home this weekend but looking for a place to take the family? Well, TV5 has some options for you. More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:00 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:00:31 GMT
Winners have been selected for this week's installment of Top 5 on 5. WNEM was looking for the best place in Genesee County and the Tri-Cities for a milkshake. After counting the votes, the winner forMore >
Winners have been selected for this week's installment of Top 5 on 5.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 2:31 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:31:05 GMT
Police looking for a 25-year-old woman who disappeared from her job at a West Michigan gas station last month are getting 20 tips a day. Norton Shores police Chief Dan Shaw said Friday that while theMore >
Police looking for a 25-year-old woman who disappeared from her job at a West Michigan gas station last month are getting 20 tips a day.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:55:30 GMT
The ongoing saga involving the Buena Vista school district has taken another unexpected turn. Despite getting assistance from the state, The Michigan Education Association says the district allegedlyMore >
The ongoing saga involving the Buena Vista School District has taken another unexpected turn.More >