Businesses booming in Lexington’s Uptown district

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Within the past six months, about half a dozen new small businesses have opened in Lexington’s Uptown district.

"We're seeing a lot of entrepreneurs taking an investment in Lexington," said Mayor Newell Clark.

From a wine bar to a new fitness center and several new restaurants, Clark says businesses are booming, helping expand options in the city to more than just barbecue.

"When you come to visit and all there is is barbecue, you eat and leave, but we've grown on that and expanded on that," Newell said.

Clark says the city’s doing a lot to help small business owners get a head start.

It offers a grant to help cover 50 percent of the cost for signage, windows and a façade for new businesses.

The city has also passed several ordinances in the past year, like the good repair standard that requires existing businesses to maintain the appearance of windows and doors.

Officials say they hope the new efforts will make Uptown more attractive to visitors.