CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's East End Main Street preservation group is one of eight semifinalists for the national Great American Main Street Awards, to be presented April 14 in New Orleans.Charleston joins organizations from Bastrop, Texas; Beaufort, S.C.; Bedford, Pa.; Bristol, Tenn.; Hammonton, N.J.; Harrisonburg, Va.; and Rochester, Mich., in competing for the award. The Main Street Awards recognize communities that have made extraordinary gains in revitalizing their communities."We're very excited to represent Charleston at the national level and show off our accomplishments that continue to transform the city's most historic and diverse business district and neighborhood," said Ric Cavender, executive director of Charleston East End Main Street."I think that our community and our network of devoted volunteers can and should take enormous pride in this national recognition," said East End Main Street board President Dickinson Gould.
Gould said the East End has opened several new businesses recently, including Moxxee Coffee and the Umami restaurant, and has seen renovations of existing businesses. He also said the community recently completed work on the East End Bazaar."We continue to invest our energies in public art, community development and promotion of the district," Gould said. "The East End is a special place to live and work, and an award like this says that the world is taking notice."East End Main Street was a semifinalist for the national award last year as well.Reach Rusty Marks at email@example.com or 304-348-1215.