QDC approves more downtown business improvements

By Larry Tucker
editor@wood.cm
Posted 7/15/21

Quitman Development corporation (QDC) board members approved two more sign and façade grants. QDC has spent over $16,000 of the $26,000 set aside for the grants. In the program, the QDC pays …

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QDC approves more downtown business improvements

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Quitman Development corporation (QDC) board members approved two more sign and façade grants. QDC has spent over $16,000 of the $26,000 set aside for the grants. In the program, the QDC pays 75% of the cost and the business owners pay 25% up to, but no more than $3,000. Board members are urging others to apply due to available funds.

Board members approved sign grants to a company owned by Neal Duncan, owner of Duncan Multi-Media, and Josh Pogue, who has County Road Film Co. The new business is located on South Main Street and is called East Texas Business Development Network. 

The other business was Speakeasy Coffeehouse on the square in downtown Quitman. Owner Kelly Kieke received the full $3,000 maximum of the $4,800 total paid for the mural painted on the building. 

The board discussed ways they could get involved in the big Stitchin’ Heaven Fall Quilting Festival in October.

“We want them to know we are glad they are here and hope we can help them out during their quilt festival in October,” Quitman Mayor Randy Dunn said.

The board discussed the possibility of the QDC arranging a shuttle service from different areas in Quitman to the Saturday night street dance/concert which will be on Richards Street west of Stitchin’ Heaven. Part of the street will be blocked off for the concert which is expected to draw over 1,000 people.

The band is called The Long Run, one of the nation’s premier tribute bands. The Eagles tribute band is from Colorado and has played all over the country and on cruise ships throughout the world.

In addition to East Texas Business Development Network, Executive Director Rodney Kieke added Whiskey Ray’s Boutique, just east of the three-way stop in downtown Quitman, is set to open Friday.