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Downtown Grants Pass experiences new trends with new businesses

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Downtown Grants Pass is home to dozens of mom and pop shops.

"This store, Wild Rogue Emporium moved here just a little less than two years ago and she's booming," Travel Grants Pass Executive Director, Jon Bowen said.

Much of the variety and success downtown has to do with strategic work by the building landowners.

"This landlord took an old JC Penny building, converted it, divided it into sections and created these beautiful individual shops and spaces," Bowen said.

Over the last two to three years more than 10 new businesses have started up in the area.

Rogue Barbers is one of the new shops in the downtown area that combines a love for Grants Pass and a big city trendy flare.

"We always have some sort of old-timey music, so music is part of the bond," Rogue Barbers Owner, Damion Trovato said.

The shop has been in business for two years now and sees 60 to 65 people a day, many of which say they enjoy the ambiance.

"I think it's on par with a lot of the bigger cities but maybe something new for a smaller town like Grants Pass," Trovato said.

That matched with the community ties is what they credit for their success.

"I'm from Oregon, been here about 18 years my first time. This is 4 years my second time," Trovato said.

It's a place more and more people are coming back to.

"People want to be a part of that so we have people kind of rediscovering grants pass and all its charms," Bowen said.

Like three-year business owner of The Haul, Chad Hahn.

"We really saw Grants Pass kind of like a blank pallet for a new kind of business that would attract maybe a younger generation to Grants Pass," Hahn said.

Jon Bowen of travel grants pass says this brings variety to the historic district.

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