Palisade businesses say library has increased sales in past year
Businesses adjacent to the Palisade branch of the Mesa County Library say their foot traffic and sales have increased in the last year since the library opened in their downtown location.
The library will celebrate its one-year anniversary Thursday evening with an open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided by the Palisade Auxiliary and two children’s story hours will take place beginning at 5 and 6 p.m.
Mary Lincoln, owner of Slice O’Life Bakery just a few doors down, said her business picks up in particular after the children’s story-times end.
“We have lots of moms and kids coming in for a treat,” she said.
Lincoln thinks having the library branch downtown also adds a sense of community to the downtown area.
James Baird, owner of A Peachful Place said his store, filled with antiques and gifts, has benefitted with more foot traffic as people pass on their way to the library.
“If they’re already downtown, then they’re more likely to shop,” Baird said.
Library Branch Manager Karen Maheux said the library has had a busy and successful year. It’s been well received by both local business owners and members of the community who appreciate being able to visit the library, grocery store and post office, then lunch with a friend, all within just a few blocks, she said.
The Palisade Branch Library is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 464-7557 or visit http://www.mesacountylibraries.org.