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Commentary: Change is a good thing

By SARA BLOOM Downtown Hays Development Corp.

We can all admit that change is difficult. We all have our routines and to be pushed out of our comfort zones is just that – a push out of something comfortable. However, in most cases, change is not only a good thing but is necessary to grow and thrive as a human, and as an organization or business.

If we didn’t change, we would never grow — literally and figuratively.

I wanted to address this topic of change because it seems Downtown Hays is prime for significant changes. Here’s the thing though, we’re used to it! Downtown has been shaken and stirred up for years now. The area went from a bloody wild west scene to deeply religious Volga-German center — from a bustling retail scene to almost forgotten — a blight on our city to what it is today, a thriving economic mix of businesses, residences and public services.

I truly believe the more things change, the more used to it you get and the easier it is to adapt, to grow, and to improve.

Already in 2019, the downtown area and Downtown Hays Development Corporation (DHDC) as an organization have seen changes.

DHDC welcomed two new businesses with brick presentations already this year, EyeSmile Vision and Dental on 13th and Main as well as Pyle of Treasures at 707 Main Street inside The Niche. No less than three developers are currently working on projects in Downtown Hays right now. We’re sad to see businesses like Goodwin Sporting Goods, and The Blue Heron Boutique leave downtown but also know that this change offers opportunities.

As an organization, DHDC is currently creating two brand new events for the public to enjoy. Cottontails and Cupcakes will debut on April 5. For just $10, guests will enjoy huge discounts, refreshments, and an adult-only Easter egg hunt throughout The Bricks.

On Sept. 6, prepare yourself for a decadent evening at Barrels and Bites. The night begins with a beautiful stroll through downtown businesses. At each stop, guests will sample their choice of wine or spirit and perfectly paired heavy hors d’oeuvres. After the stroll, guests will enjoy a gathering like no other under the impressive Downtown Pavilion. A dessert extravaganza will be laid out for all to enjoy. Chocolate fountains, cookies, cupcakes, truffles, and more will accompany a silent and live auction.

DHDC hosts these events to bring awareness and foot traffic to The Bricks. Out of all the activities we organize, only two are fundraisers for the organization. The remaining events are hosted for the simple purpose of highlighting our amazing downtown and all it has to offer.

Our organization will continue to host events, but we promise to keep changing those events to meet our community needs and wants. We also promise that those events will not distract from the organization’s other purposes – to grow downtown through development, to work with new businesses seeking to come in, to assist existing businesses with marketing and technology needs, to be a catalyst for change and growth in our area.

Change is a good thing. Here’s to looking ahead.





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