Vernon Makes Improvements to Downtown

"The economy has really hit Vernon hard so we were trying to figure out something that would kind of help everybody here in Vernon," said Bonnie Byrd, owner of Byrd's Buy Sell and Trade.

She says the opening of their new business was brought on by Vernon's lack of local shops.

"It's hard for everybody and I hate to see Vernon in the shape that it's in, but the more businesses that open, the more job opportunities that are open for everybody here," she said.

And Bonnie isn't the only one.

"It's meant a lot to us, it's meant a whole lot to us.  Vernon people have been really good at supporting this and so it's good, said Ma and Pa's Steakfinger Hut owner, Terrie McGhee.

Five other businesses, including a yogurt shop and family cafe have also opened their doors.  A city director says the city is pleased with it's recent developments.

"I  think it's remarkable that in this economy we have had six new companies come in to downtown Vernon over the last seven months and in a little town like Vernon that is a big shot in the arm," said Dan Kelleher, City Department Director.

And while many other cities across the U.S. are struggling to stimulate their economy and provide jobs for the unemployed, Vernon residents seem to be taking matters into their own hands.

"People are slowly but surly beginning to see that there maybe good solid rational for a little optimism downtown Vernon.  Things are gradually slowly but surly looking up and we believe that downtown Vernon has a really bright future," said Kelleher.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.