Downtown Businesses Booming

By Kelly McCarthy

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Downtown Binghamton is no stranger to change.

Over the past few years it's seen new businesses, infrastructure, and this year it's seeing new student housing.

Action News stopped by a few places to see how these changes are affecting the businesses.

Workers at Brewed Awakening café thought that this new spot in downtown student housing would cater more towards those studying, but a month after opening it's the local employees who are taking full advantage of the new coffee shop.

"We have a lot of people from the courthouses coming in, a lot of local businesses, people have been coming in for breakfast and lunch. We're just trying to get our nights picked up a little bit students are finding us slowly but surely," said Brewed Awakening Barista Carly Mooney.

"There's a lot down here and now that we have students living here they'll discover by literally falling out of bed and seeing it," said President of the Downtown Business Business Association Ron Sall.

Constant improvements to downtown Binghamton that will keep the students and local residents happy.

"I think that the Court Street Gateway Program can literally pave the way for a lot of new development downtown. Because when it's all finished it's going to be a beautiful, beautiful place," said Executive Director of the Binghamton Local Development Corporation Merry Harris.

"We have a tremendous number of restaurants, I don't ever remember in the 52 years I've been working down here, the number of quality restaurants that are down here today. You know, it's something to see," said Sall.

And now for the first time, students can experience all of what downtown has to offer in the comfort of student housing.

"Young people really want a vibrant, urban center and we're becoming that. I think that's why we'll really start to attract people to make a long term commitment to our community," said Mayor of Binghamton Matthew Ryan.

At Brewed Awakening, the students are already enjoying the attractions.

"All of them have been coming down and getting coffee before class or coming in to study after class," said Mooney

To try out a new café, or to have a place to get some work done.

Downtown Businesses participate in a number of events to welcome students and newcomers to the area.

Tuesday is the first day of "Binghamton Restaurant Week" that features lunch and dinner menu deals within the 20 participating restaurants.

"Binghamton Restaurant Week" will run through September 27.