Vicksburg Village Council members in October announced that nine local businesses would, collectively, be awarded more than $63,000 in grants aimed at property improvements within the village’s Downtown Development Authority boundaries.
The first two businesses were to be presented their respective grant awards Thursday afternoon.
Historically, the Village of Vicksburg has provided small grant opportunities that were restricted to façade improvements. This year’s Property Improvement Grant opportunity focused on investments into businesses and buildings in downtown Vicksburg that would add a public benefit.
The investments complimented the completely remodeled downtown streetscapes and makeover of downtown Oswalt Park.
Village Hideaway owner Scott Plankenhorn invested more than $30,000 by installing a foldable window system that allows natural light throughout the business, as well as providing a trellis bar atmosphere found in larger cities.
Vicksburg provided $15,000 toward the investment.
Meanwhile, Jaspare’s Pizza and Fine Italian Food installed a roll-up garage door façade that provides a welcoming entry point. The view from inside the establishment has been immensely enhanced.