Caitlyn Osmer, who works at The Yarn Gourmet, 2915 Mishawaka Ave.,
agrees River Park holds potential.
"When I drove down Mishawaka Avenue a year ago, too many of the shops
were vacant," Osmer writes. "I was extremely excited to see that more
and more buildings seem to be filling up with locally owned small
business who are looking to get a new start."
Greg Simpson of South Bend used to shop River Park. "Eons ago I lived
close by. I'd love go window shopping and to the theater," he writes.
"I hope they can bring that area back."
Donna Yoder, a River Park resident, says new shops are vital. "I miss
the dime store and the hardware store. We need a concentrated effort
with ideas and help to renew the area."
River Park homeowner Janet Graham is encouraged by Schey's optimism.
"In this era of the big box, we are tending to lose our identity and
individualism. The area truly does lend itself to something
promising," Graham writes on Facebook. "We have a park, zoo, library,
general needs store and many small awesome restaurants and stores to
choose from within walking distance.
"On the down side," Graham adds, "I think River Park has taken a hard
hit in the past few years due to the economy. Many small businesses