MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville Downtown Development Authority’s BOOST program awarded $1,000 checks to two local downtown businesses Tuesday as part of round three of the BOOST grant program.
BOOSTERS convened at the Milledgeville Main Street office and made their way to surprise Metropolis Cafe and The Lemon Tree in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse-style announcement with balloons and oversized checks in hand.
“I want to thank Main Street and the City of Milledgeville,” said Deepak Kumar, owner of Metropolis. “We’re very excited to get a new sign, which is what we’ve needed for a long time. I hope it will bring us more business. I’m very excited to get the new sign.”
The Lemon Tree owner Shannon Stuart also plans to use the money to purchase a sign to place on the exterior of the store’s new location on Hancock Street. The business recently moved to its new location from Wayne Street.
“I’m so excited to receive this grant,” she said. “We want to make sure our current clientele can easily find us, and we believe adding a sign would draw in new customers as well. Adding a sign is very important to make our presence on Hancock known.”
A small family-owned and operated business, Metropolis Cafe opened in downtown Milledgeville in 2009 to offer an eclectic mix of Mediterranean, Greek and Indian dishes.
The Lemon Tree opened in July 2012 and has since offered a variety of items, including sorority gifts, candles, select apparel, phone accessories, home decor and wedding gifts. The gift shop also offers embroidery, vinyl monogramming and personalized jewelry and stationary.
Round three of the BOOST program brought in nine applications from businesses throughout Milledgeville.
This year, the BOOST program will give away a total of $8,000 worth of grants. Two businesses will be selected each quarter to win $1,000 each. Business owners are only eligible for the grant once per year.