Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Changing times challenge Higley shops

[Source: Jenifer DeLemont, Tribune] -- Progress has taken its toll on two pillars of the Higley community. Two shop owners who have operated for years at Higley and Williams Field roads said development, street widening and changing clientele may soon force them to close their doors or relocate. “When people come in they really do seem to love the place,” said Vinny Barone (pictured), owner of San Tan Indian Arts at the heart of the historic Higley area. “It’s just hard to get people to come in anymore.” Barone said he may shut down at the end of the year and rent the space to a business that appeals more to the city dwellers who are taking over the south East Valley. Sylvia Babbitt, who owns Country Casa Furniture Gallery next door, said no one seems to notice the tiny strip mall anymore in a changing area that Gilbert annexed a few years ago. She said roadwork in the area might be the last straw that pushes her to relocate or close her retail business.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Thomas Boggan, Tribune.]