A "Gorgeous" Beginning

Written by Merri J. Markovitch

As someone who's been affiliated with "Gorgeous" (a. k. a. Gorgeous Washington Street Association) from the start, I recall the inspiration came initially from a trio of creative, spirited and truly entrepreneurial women business owners in downtown Binghamton about 12 years ago. They each owned and operated their own businesses located on the same block of Washington Street, between Court/Hawley Streets, they called the most "gorgeous" block downtown. Gorgeous, because their block featured ... beautiful, historic, restored buildings and unique architecture, eclectic mix of businesses (galleries/artist studios, custom framing/gift shops, restaurants/bars and more!), loft apartments, lots of flowers and green space, even an entryway to the urban, park-like Parlor City Commons, just to name a few reasons. The idea for "Gorgeous" is beginning.

Many will recognize this trio of leaders ... Sherry Eaton of Garland Gallery, Yvonne Lucia of La Loba Creations and Maggie Martin of The ART Mission, who created the initial buzz for "Gorgeous" networking with their friends and colleagues about working together in a new association. The "Gorgeous" mission: help with and enhance revitalization efforts downtown. But with a new twist, focusing on the growing arts community and beautification projects while promoting the urban, center city as a unique, eclectic, alternative destination to visit, shop, do business. Viola - "Gorgeous" begins!

Thanks to the inspiration of the group's founders, inaugural members and core of dedicated supporters in 2000, the Gorgeous Washington Street Association continues ever-strong today ... growing and proud of our efforts that support our local community, economy and its diverse offerings. Here's to being "Gorgeous" - then and now!