Downtown Network Heber Springs recently awarded its first Building Improvement Grant for merchants in the downtown historic commercial district, awarding the grant to Dream Weaver Designs Children's Shop located at 216 W. Main Street. The competitive grant application process was available to downtown merchants for signage, awnings, or storefront improvements. Store owner Brenda Dillon applied for the grant money to assist in the repainting of the store front, and work was completed on April 9. She said, “We are so grateful for the Downtown Network’s help to freshen up the store front. Not only does it improve our building, but these types of improvements help brighten up the whole downtown area, and that benefits everyone.”
These grants are made possible through funds received from our parent organization, Main Street Arkansas, which is a program of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Their focus is on not only promoting our downtown areas, but also preserving the character of our historic buildings. We are proud to be able to help in the beautification and preservation of our downtown, and to help our small business owners in the process.”
Pictured: Dreamweaver Children's Shoppe owner Brenda Dillon and DNHS Executive Director Kathy Phillips.