CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 60 board members and volunteers for Charleston's East End Main Street organization met Wednesday for the group's annual meeting and to hear about the organization's successes.
"We're glad to be on a very firm financial footing," board president Dickinson Gould said after the group's annual report was presented. East End Main Street ended the year with a little over $170,000 in income and about $153,250 in expenses, with a final balance in the black by more than $17,000.
Expenses included $37,500 for the East End Bazaar project, a vendor's space at the formerly blighted corner of Ruffner Street and Washington Street East, that is now home to a group of 75 approved vendors.
Formed in 2002, East End Main Street's goal is revitalization of the East End neighborhood through promotion, planning and making the community more inviting through special events and public art projects.
East End members take at least partial credit for $250 million in investment in the East End since the group was formed.
Highlights of the group's successes included the Bazaar, a grant program to help local business owners jazz up their facades and storefronts and community events like the annual East End Yard Sale, Pub Crawl, Zombie Walk and three-day HallowEast Halloween festival.
This year's event is expanding to include a 5K walk and run, according to East End Main Street Executive Director Ric Cavender.
Cavender said the last East End Yard Sale was the biggest it's ever been, despite rainy weather. The annual event now attracts visitors from other states, he said.
Community events like the yard sale, HallowEast and Zombie Walk continue to grow, he said.
Main Street projects still in the works include a mobile phone app that shows East End walking tour routes and a project to convert the former Kyle Furniture warehouse into condominiums and retail space.
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