By Hannah Isom
The Slaton Chamber of Commerce’s adopt a planter program is in full swing as July 4 approaches.
Barbara Hopper, Executive Director of Slaton Economic Development Corporation, said this program is designed to help draw businesses downtown as well as beautify it. Previously known as a railroad community, downtown Slaton had an economic decline as the railroad moved out.
“It was a railroad community,” Hopper said. “That’s what we were known for.”
They are trying to draw any type of retail back to downtown and have been successful over the past few years with Tracks Nutrition, Texas 1809, West Texas Fireplaces and Humble Grounds finding their home in the downtown area, Hopper said.
Anderina Enloe, a Slaton community member, and her family have participated in the program for about five years and think of it as their way to contribute to the Slaton community.
“I enjoy it because I think it makes the square look pretty,” Enloe said. “It is something people can enjoy while walking on the square.”
Enloe said she believes the planter program is important because it adds a beautiful aesthetic to downtown and creates community involvement.
For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.