SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) — While Springboro’s population is growing, some businesses have left the city.
The Springboro Chamber of Commerce said it does its share of marketing and communicating to keep businesses around, but that’s not always enough. The Chamber said businesses themselves need to be proactive and reach out to lure in customers.
Recently, the city has seen its share of turnover. Max and Erma’s, Bella Vino, and Sammy’s El Pueblo have all closed for one reason or another.
“We’re sad about that. We always hate to see a business go out,” stated Carol Hughes, Executive Director of the Springboro Chamber of Commerce.
While some are leaving town, others are thriving. The Springboro Chamber of Commerce reports it has 530 businesses right now, which is a record high.
“I do know that the percentage of new businesses opening that make it to their first year, or their first year milestone, is challenging. It’s very hard to get a business up off the ground,” admitted Hughes.
Shops like Brenda’s Flowers and Gifts has defied the odds. Inside it’s not just the roses blooming, it’s business too. Nikki Knisley’s green thumb has kept the floral shop growing for more than 17 years.
“Being on the main drag here helps, especially with the schoools being right down the street because you get the traffic back and forth,” stated Knisley.
Down the street, The Cake Ladies also have a secret recipe to their success.
“We have lots of loyal customers that keep us going,” said owner Julianna Scheaffer.
For 11 years, the bakery has been satisfying Springboro’s sweet tooth.
“And each item is specially made for our customer. We custom design everything,” stated Scheaffer.
Although some store fronts sit empty, the city is hopeful that new businesses will continue to move in and prosper like some of its current staples.
“We’re sure that those spaces will fill,” said Hughes.
The Chamber of Commerce will be holding a business expo on March 19 at Springboro High School. It’s set up like a trade show. Businesses set up tables to showcase their services and get their names out to the public.