Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A statewide grant program is helping small businesses expand across our area. A game store that was previously located in Vestal has now grown and moved to Johnson City with help from the state.
A game store called "Jupiter Games" held its ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday afternoon. The store's expansion was made possible through the New York Main Street Program.
The program's intentions are to revive the state's traditional main streets by giving money to businesses to make improvements.
Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie joined the owners to celebrate their new home on Main Street. He said the revitalization of the area means a lot to the people of the village.
“It shows people that JC is growing, it is coming back. It's still going to take time, it's going to take effort, but when you pull in businesses like this, you're going to bring people in,” said Deemie. “People are going to start looking at the area differently."
Ryan Green, who owns the store along with his wife and brother, said the grant made the transformation of Jupiter Games possible.
“The grants helped us redo this whole building. It helped us build new rooms, and add new space,” Green said. “We repainted everything, re-carpeted everything, the stairwell was built, more or less, by the grant. And that made everything possible."
All businesses are welcome to apply if they're in an eligible area and have been in operation for more than a year.