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Main Street Texarkana continues its work of advocating for downtown and its businesses and institutions.

Despite a quieter downtown, Ina McDowell, Main Street Texarkana's chief executive, made it clear there was no rest for her office during the shutdown.

"We were working on both informing Texarkana of her downtown businesses and services, still open, still serving," McDowell said. "We made sure our citizens knew they were still doing their work and needed their help getting through that period."

In addition, Main Street Texarkana worked with downtown businesses regarding social media and how to use that resource as an alternate means of making sales.

"The point is that downtown business never stopped," she said. "We stepped back, looked at our businesses, promoted them. Also, downtown construction projects, such as the Grim Hotel and more, have continued."

McDowell also noted the continuing interest in available downtown properties.

"Many were checking out available downtown properties. People are considering our downtown and examining what is available at downtowntx.org," she said. "Also, our website, mainstreettexarkana.org, is up-to-date as to links to state and national resources our community can use as needed."

As Mother's Day approached, downtown restaurants prepared special meals to be enjoyed on that special day.

"Verona's had specials for Mother's Day," she said. "Also, Pecan Point created a cookie dough cheesecake."

Main Street Texarkana also worked to remind Texarkana that the COVID-19 shutdown is temporary and that the community would make it through this.

"We put of inspirational signs in various local businesses, reminding everyone about our community's resilience and positivity. People can hone in on our sense of security, comfort and familiarity as a community," she said.

Plans continue for upcoming events, such as Dine On The Line.

"We met last week to plan for that event," she said. "That one is coming together and we are looking for a new date for that. Stay tuned for coming announcements."

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