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“I’ve been doing wedding rings for about nine years,” he said. “It was time for us to land in a spot and have the public more welcome.”

Although he opened in November, he’s still working to find what products will draw customers in.

“It’s going to be a work in progress for a while,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gavin Smith is the Detroit Lions team photographer and moved his studio and office after having an office in Grand Blanc and in Fenton.

There is an opportunity for growth for the community, he said, but he’s uncertain about staying, citing some frustrations in the slowness to change.

Smith added he loves the community and area, but he thinks some are slow to change, which can be frustrating.

Some older business owners and residents haven’t been as keen to see the changes downtown, which can be frustrating.

Some older business owners and residents haven’t been as keen to see the changes downtown, which can be frustrating, he said.

“I’m not 100 percent sure (about staying),” he said. “This community has a lot of growing pains right now.”

Despite each business being slightly different than what many think to be a “stereotypical downtown business,” each agreed that there is a period of change going on downtown.

Michael Rogers, vice president of communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, said many downtowns have moved away from the traditional businesses like a hardware, pharmacies or jewelry stores and Begola agrees.

“Linden’s at a point where a lot of younger businessmen and women are coming in and I think we want to do something different,” Begola said.

Rogers said it’s more and more common for communities to try a lure new types of business ventures.

“Every smart downtown developer in the state is working really hard to creatively lure business to their downtown,” he said. “Any region, county or township is really anchored by a downtown area.”

Shoppers are drawn to walkable areas, which makes a downtown the perfect place for different businesses to open up, Rogers said.

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