Caraway businesses spruce up Main Street

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Caraway Beautification Committee and the City of Caraway presented "Renovation Appreciation Awards" to three local businesses Thursday, Oct. 2, to congratulate them on a job well done.

Renovation Appreciation Awards presented to Caraway Main Street Merchants pictured are, from left: Hailey Vaughn, Beautification chairman; Vickie Couch, co-owner of Couch-Greer & Associates; Lynn Haag, owner of Western Auto; Charles and Gwen Whitaker, owners of Caraway Drug and Flowers, and Caraway Mayor Barry Riley. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

"These businesses have renovated, painted and beautified their businesses downtown, and have given our main street a fresh new look," Hailey Vaughn, Beautification Committee chairman said. "It is refreshing to see our merchants take such pride in their businesses. It encourages us all to work harder."

A framed photo certificate was presented to Haag's Western Auto, Couch-Greer and Associates, and Caraway Drug and Flowers.

Nelson Haag founded Western Auto in 1947. His son Lynn and his wife Betty now own and operate the business and have made improvements to both the north and south sides of main street where their stores are located. An attractive garden center and arch facade have been added to fill the vacant lot next door to their building.

Vickie Couch and Phillip Greer own and operate Couch-Greer and Associates. Stubblefield Insurance was established at that location in 1953. Couch went to work for Stubblefields in 1986. She joined forces with Greer to take over ownership of the business in 2001. They have painted the west wall of the building and made improvements throughout.

"When Barry Riley was running for the office of Mayor he said one of his promises is he would encourage people to clean up the city of Caraway," Couch said. "We wanted to do our part to see that that happen."

Charles and Gwen Whitaker have owned Caraway Drug and Flowers on main street for 22 years. They have improved the appearance of their store on both the north and east sides of their building. They provided much needed services for the city, both as a drug store and flower shop.

"I am very proud of all our businesses as they take pride in their community and make Caraway a nice place to live and shop," Mayor Riley said. "I have seen much improvement all over town, in residences as well as businesses. We think it is time to recognize them for their efforts."

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