Cathy Callihan's family has owned Fountain Hobby since 1957 and has her business has been on Washington Street West since 1960. She said that years ago the West Side had a business association that put on community activities.
"Then through the years it kind of dissolved," Callihan said. "And then West Side Main Street came on board and this has been great."
Both Callihan and Johnson were pleased the Staats hospital mural was finished in time for OktoberWest. Johnson said people love to see change and this is something they can see.
"The mural has brought the whole community together from the residents to the business owners," Callihan added.
Callihan serves on West Side Main Street's board and said West Side businesses are growing together.
"It's just been a real positive for the West Side," Callihan said. "It's great to share your successes and your problems and know you're not the only one."
The organization has helped attract more than 30 businesses since 2005, creating about 150 jobs on the West Side, Johnson said. They've also invested about $150,000 in revitalization efforts.
For the past two years the organization has held business expos featuring West Side businesses. Johnson said the feedback from the business community has been great.
The organization also looks to residents for input on projects moving forward.
"We want to make sure all residents of the West Side have ownership in what we're doing," Johnson said.
Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.