By: Jessica Bard

This article was originally published by WDRB News on February 9, 2018.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) - Olive oil and spices, espresso and coffee drinks: it’s not a European market. It's downtown Elizabethtown.

Vibe Coffee and Herb and Olive Market are some of the first new store fronts in the downtown revitalization movement, according to Serena Erizer, who owns both businesses.

“We were pretty much the first to come,” Erizer said, adding that that wasn't a comforting thought. “It was scary coming into a dying downtown."

She landed a deal on rent from a local entrepreneur who owned several buildings downtown and was looking for an innovative tenant to help turn things around in the Elizabethtown square.

In the short time Erizer spent tucked away in the corner of the square, she’s seen businesses boom and luxury apartments sell.

“There’s a new restaurant down here, the craft brewery, the Dreamery that's coming, two new boutiques ... Take your pick of things,” said Krista Levee with the Elizabethtown Heritage Council.

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