NIXA, Mo. Small business owners in Nixa are working to give the downtown area new life.
"Any improvements, whether that be the renovation of a building, new ideas about things that will bring people to our community is always a great thing from a chamber's standpoint," said Tammy Mast, President and CEO, Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nixa's weary downtown, on Main Street, is starting to shed its tired old shell.
"We're very excited about the revitalization there," said Mast.
"I've lived here my whole life and I've known this building. It was crumbling. It was sad. I felt like it needed something and so did the owners," said metalsmith, Julianna Mills.
She operates the Main Corner Mercantile.
Mills teamed up with local business owners, Pam and Mark Anderson and lit the spark, they hope, will get others involved.
"We got so much community support. We decided this is going to work. This has to work. Everybody on the block has been getting really excited about it. The city's been part of it," she said.
The Andersons purchased two other buildings next to the Main Corner Mercantile. They are renovating the spaces to bring in new businesses.
"We're really hoping for a coffee shop, breakfast kind of nook and a restaurant, bar next to that," explained Mills.
Mast said, "It's been really interesting to see how a small group of businesses can come together."
"I want Nixa to stay within Nixa. I want Springfield to come to Nixa. I want Branson to come to Nixa. I want it to be a community hub," said Mills.
More stores and restaurants are expected to open their doors in next year.