Opportunity Opening For Downtown Business

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 7, 2008 at 5:55 PM EST

A businessman closed 3 doors in downtown Binghamton.

But it wasn't due to a lack of customers.

More doors are actually opening to opportunities downtown.

Coffee Talk operated on Court Street for nearly a decade.

But it closed last week, along with Buffy's Burrito's and Incognito.

Owner Mark Yonaty says he had a dispute with his landlord.

"It's unfortunate a business closes but you know, hopefully, people won't lose faith and they'll continue to grow. It's a great place to do business. We need aggressive people to come down here and help revitalize it," says Yonaty.

Yonaty says he remains committed to downtown.

He has several businesses there, including the new MY Boutique on Washington Street.

The city of Binghamton says nearly 2 dozen businesses have opened or relocated to downtown in the last year.

"We see it starting to pick up. We see buildings being renovated. There's interest in developing the O'Neill Building. The River Trail is really coming together beautifully. We have the new Main Street initiative coming," says Ron Sall of the Downtown Binghamton Business Bureau.

Other businesses, like M and D R Nuts, have been downtown for years and would never think of leaving.

"We have a lot of loyal customers, people we know by first name come in. The working people are looking for a treat. They're looking for a little snack. They'll come downtown to see us," says Doris Newhart of M & D R Nuts.

Newhart hopes it's not just the customers who keep coming downtown.

She hopes to see more new businesses open their doors, to help keep the revitalization going.

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