Local businesses see less foot traffic in Evans Towne center

Evans, Georgia. (WRDW/WAGT) – With Stay Social closed, many are wondering what’s next for the Evans Towne Center.

DIY studio Nailed will be one of the only local businesses in the area.

This is something the owner didn’t expect to be open here. She said she’s seen less foot traffic and now it’s all about marketing to get people in the door.

Christina Purkapile and her husband opened in September. It’s what she calls a “Build-A-Bear,” but with wood.

The goal is to put power tools in people’s hands.

“We believe in power tools here, so you’re definitely using a sander. You’re probably using a nail gun or a nail gun,” she says. “We have a lot of people who actually just come in because they’re passing by. I think it’s a great concept and really unique for the space.”

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There are not many people passing by.

“We definitely went into this space with good thinking in mind, you know, we’re going to benefit from traffic from the other two businesses. Of course, that’s not going to happen anymore,” she said.

She realized that choosing the location was a gamble.

“We know it’s a risk to start a business where it’s just growing, especially post-COVID, but we wanted to be here and experience downtown growth,” Purkapile said.

Hope now comes along with waiting for other developments to come.

“Apartments come in, and maybe you know, other businesses like to go downhill. But, yeah, so I think we just want you to know that we’re just going to stick around and, you know, grow,” she said.

She said she hopes to host special evenings, such as youth nights, in the hope that these will help draw people in and grow business.

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