Business flourishing in Haubstadt, not enough room to expand

HAUBSTADT, IN (WFIE) - For Ashley Douglas, opening a new T-shirt shop, Creative T's and Graphics, in her hometown was a no-brainer.

"I think it makes it a little easier because it's a smaller town. You get that one-on-one communication with people," says Douglas.

Just a few doors down, Tracy Wilzbacher, opened up Fresh Bakery. She says did it because she sees potential in the area.

"I think the northside of Evansville is definitely growing, and it's moving up this way," Wilzbacher.

These ladies are just a couple of the several new tenants in town.

"I've owned a building for four years here in town, and I've never had to put a "for rent" sign in the building. There's still a market for more development," says Jeremy Overton, President of the Gibson County Council.

Overton says the problem is meeting that demand, since the town is landlocked by the fertile farmland surrounding it.

He says the town will have to get creative downtown.

"There are older houses and some vacant lots, and I think that having a plan going forward into the next 15 or 20 years. There will be a lot opportunity for folks."

However, as of right now, Overton says he isn't aware of any new plans in terms of development.

"After the way has been paved, I hope to see more developers go ahead and start building," says Overton.

To celebrate the Old German Town Plaza becoming full, there will be an open house at the Plaza on Saturday July 28th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be Holdiay World Tickets given away as well as food and drinks.

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