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SunRail construction inspires small business owners in Longwood

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Terrence Williams, owner of Back to Basics Barber Shop in Longwood. Terrence Williams, owner of Back to Basics Barber Shop in Longwood.
Cheryl Bryant, owner of Wild Hare Kitchen and Garden Emporium in Longwood. Cheryl Bryant, owner of Wild Hare Kitchen and Garden Emporium in Longwood.
SunRail construction in Longwood. SunRail construction in Longwood.
LONGWOOD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

When Central Florida's SunRail supporters originally pitched their ideas, they promised economic growth around the proposed rail stations in Central Florida's cities and towns. 

Now, with SunRail's first phase about a year away, it looks like that promise is starting to pay.

The corner shop at Longwood's Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Church Avenue is a work in progress.  Wild Hare Kitchen and Garden Emporium is the culmination of a longtime dream for owner Cheryl Bryant.  The store features organic, locally grown products featuring honey, soaps, herbs and garden plants.

"A lot of times, people can't get to the Farmer's Market, or they have children, or someone's elderly, and I thought that it would be good to have a hub for all of these products," said Bryant.

Byrant's shop is located less than a hundred yards from Longwood Station, the city's SunRail stop. 

"I think that this will be just a cash cow, with that location right behind me," Bryant said.

Right next door is Back to Basics Barber Shop, which Operates on the same principle.

"It's kind of a given... more traffic, more people, more revenue," said Back to Basics owner Terrence Williams. "People can just pop off the stop... run over here very shortly."

The SunRail station is still under construction, but it is expected to be operational in 2014. Phase one passenger service will follow, sometime next summer.

 

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