TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) - Have you been to downtown Tuscumbia lately? It's blooming with new businesses and busy shoppers, like three week resident Neal Shaffield.
"I think it's very nice. You can walk around it's pleasant. The shops are nice. The restaurants are wonderful. I've really enjoyed it," said Shaffield.
Florence resident Margaret Evans is spending time and money here.
"We're over here shopping because they've opened up all these darling little stores, and we're having a quick lunch at The Palace first and we just remarked, 'Look! There are no parking places. This place is looking so good! It's so cute!'" said Evans.
Little shops like Chester's Drawers on East 5th Street are causing all the bustle.
Shop keeper Kandy Williams is excited.
"Tuscumbia is a wonderful town. It's my hometown. I've been here for about six, seven years now. I love everyone here. I love the downtown atmosphere. We're just trying to build it up," said Williams.
And she loves to show off some of her creations.
"This piece is just a table that's been redone, stained and then made into the checkerboard. It's got a nice class to it. This right here is a window and we have taken a piano bench and made a coffee table," said Williams.
Williams is a master at taking the castoffs of others and refurbishing them into treasures. There are vibrant artistic endeavors throughout the store.
She's been in business since August and said business is booming.
"It's actually doing extremely well," she said.
She said a lot of the inspiration for her creations and artistic furnishings come from Pinterest or things she's seen elsewhere. Some creations are from other artists.
If you decide to visit Chester's Drawers, you'll want a place to park. There's always a spot reserved. In fact, Sponge Bob was the first to find a place in Bobby's Bama.