Meet Farmville Downtown Partnership: Caryn Kayton

Downtown Pictures 3.5.15 149How did you find your way to Farmville?

I came to Farmville in 1979 as a freshman at Longwood.

Who asked you to become a part of Farmville Downtown Partnership? Why did you say “yes”?

I have been in business on Main Street since 1982 and have always been an active member of any effort to make our main street a better place.  I was a part of the initial effort to bring the Main Street program to Farmville.

CarynsIf you could be any object located in the Main Street District, what would you be and why?

The flowerpot outside my front door.

I would love to hear the things people say coming, going and passing in front of our store.  The perception and comments of the patrons gives us great insight for our businesses, good and bad.

Do you remember the first time you visited Farmville Downtown? What has changed since then?

I have watched main street stores come and go over the last 34 years. In the early 80’s, when malls closed down main streets in so many places, Farmville’s main street stayed strong.

Walmart and the internet have changed how business is conducted. So stores that only offer price sensitive items are gone.  The beauty of small mom and pop stores is the people, the services that we can provide.  Price, selection or service are the choices.  Stores can only do one effectively.

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Meet Farmville Downtown Partnership: a team of citizens dedicated to the growth of our Main Street District. Each month get to  know one of the people “behind the scenes” in this Q&A series. You’ll find unfiltered answers from local folks who are working hard to help Farmville Downtown flourish.