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Snow Hill Revitalization

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Snow Hill, Md. - Downtown Snow Hill had trouble getting shops to stick around just one year ago. But now , it's flourishing and attracting visitors from all over DelMarVa.

Patti's Cake Shop came to Snow Hill just over a year ago.  Shop owner Patti McDermott says " there's definitely a resurgence in snow hill and people are excited when they come down."  She says her shop has grown so much in the past year, she was able to hire two new employees, and is filling up her books for wedding cakes.
But when she first opened up, there was a different feeling around town.

Mayor Charlie Dorman says, "we always had a reputation that we were anti-business which was incorrect. But {business owners} see that we are out there now, really trying to help businesses come into town."

New business owner, Sophika Smith, of The Corner Shoppe says the nostalgic buildings brought her to the area last December and reminds her of her childhood. And the sense of community is what keeps her here. "The small town values, where you appreciate each other people say hello to you on the street. Its just very very friendly and a wonderful place to be," she says.

And across the street from Sophika's store is The Greene Doors, who opened just one day after their neighbor.  The furniture shop says that the city's support is what helped them succeed.  The Green Doors' owner, Ronna Pistay says they had an amazing reception, and were packed all through January.

Some new attractions Mayor Charlie Dorman hopes to see in the future include a micro-brewery, a hotel, and waterfront developments.  The town offers some incentives for potential business owners, including low interest loans and enterprise credits for enterprise zones.

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