TIMBERVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- People in the Valley are bringing business to Timberville. As restaurants prepare to open, locals hope business will stay in the area.
For a while, Austin Garber, Timberville's town manager, said that a lot of businesses were going into the south side of town. Now, the goal is to get businesses into the old section of downtown. So far, two businesses are set to open in that area.
"You hate to see those buildings sitting there empty," said Austin Garber, Timberville's town manager.
Kathy's Cafe is one new business that will open May 1. Another one opening is the Main Street Diner. As new businesses move in, Garber says it's a way to keep people local.
"Keep residents from having to travel to Harrisonburg, save on gas money," said Garber.
Locals who stop in at That's The Spot Massage and Juice Lounge say bringing new business to Timberville is worth the risk.
"I'm really liking to see businesses like Hannah's business come up and for us to really take a gamble on a small town," said Casie Kyle, who lives in Timberville.
Hannah Balca moved her business, That's The Spot Massage and Juice Lounge, to Timberville from downtown Harrisonburg in February. The building had been vacant for years.
"Everyone's scared to move from a downtown Harrisonburg location into a much more quaint area, but it has not stopped people," said Balca.
She said business is going well, from her juicing to massage appointments.
"A business does not have to start on $10,000. It can just start on faith," said Balca, "Timberville is growing, I know that they're going to be building some new buildings here soon, some very lucrative buildings, hospital, I believe a Walmart. And I'm actually just really excited to be one of the people to believe in Timberville first."
Balca is happy to be ahead of the curve as more businesses come to the area.
With plans for a new water tank and other construction projects, they are hoping that those will be other draws to come to Timberville. Garber said the town is playing catch up to get the downtown buildings back into shape to attract more people to the area.
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