Starting a new business is tough, especially when driven only by a vision and starting from scratch. That vision was enhanced by a call
to CityScape asking if funds were available through their organization to give us a boost in updating a building on the square that we
had just purchased. That old building was formerly known as the Boyd building on the East side of the square.
A visit and interview with former Executive Director Toni Evans indicated that an opportunity might be available to help in fulfilling our
dream. An application would have to be submitted to CityScape and the Board of Directors would review the request to determine if
assistance would be beneficial to both Cookeville and applicants.
We were delighted when approved to receive a $1,000 grant to renew the old awning on the face of the building. That financial
assistance gave us the incentive to undertake a more extensive renovation. So excited about the comments from those who took note
of the change, we immediately wanted to make the back more inviting.
Once again, CityScape approved our request for additional help in the new fiscal year and the back of the building became newer and
fresher, with more curb appeal for the three rear entrances to the building. The appreciative comments made us proud to be on the
square. People notice effort in maintaining the original integrity of the square. We had people approach us publicly commenting on
the new look.
CityScape has become a major part of the downtown area. JONESCO has experienced such a wonderful relationship with the group
that an opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors in 2014 and then on the Executive Committee in 2015 developed for Rick Jones
of JONESCO. Not only is Rick dedicated to the betterment of CityScape and their mission, David Jones actively provides vision and
insight from his point of view.
The driving force behind Mainstreet methodology and strategic planning is CityScape. Thanks to the mission of CityScape, Cookeville
businesses will have a brighter future as the concept is implemented. JONESCO is proud to be a part of the organization.
Rick Jones, Co-Owner, JONESCO
David Jones, Co-Owner, JONESCO