Siloam Springs' Main Street Gains National Attention

Published 08/18 2014 08:46AM

Updated 08/18 2014 08:54AM

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. -- Siloam Springs is a quiet town in the corner of Arkansas.  Ten years ago, Main Street was a ghost town. Now, Siloam Springs is a top-four contender for Parade magazine's "Best Main Street in the U.S." contest.

Meredith Bergstrom has been behind the revitalization of Siloam for years. With all the attention from Parade magazine, she thinks they're on the right track.
"To be featured in a magazine like this that does have so many readers across the Nation I think it's a wonderful affirmation of the work that we've been doing and I think it's also indicative of the sort of level of excitement and momentum that we have here in our community." Bergstrom said.

Bergstrom says it's success comes from several factors. "One of the things that we do is host events, that really draw people back into the community that highlight the new businesses that have opened, providing a little bit of glue to bring business owners community members and potential new entrepreneurs together." Bergstrom said.

That support is why Meghan Feyerabend decided to move her business to Main Street. "It's just kind of been this grassroots you know group of people who are really dedicated to Siloam Springs and to our economy." Feyerabend said.

"It's been super exciting to see people using these old buildings, cause I've always loved, just the aesthetic of the old buildings." Feyerabend continued. Bergstrom says Main Street in Siloam Springs has something for everybody. "It's the living room of the community its a a fun public space that we've been able to preserve and revitalize." Bergstrom said.

(KNWA, Fayetteville)

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