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City, agencies, businesses get creative to grow through Covid

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Workers in the early stages of a building the outdoor seating area in front of Jack Sprats in Cottage Grove.

When I grew up, everything was downtown. We did our clothes shopping at small stores or at JCPenney. The Little Folks Store was a dreamland for a kid, Bennett’s Drugstore had a great lunch counter and soda fountain. The library was there, all within a few blocks. Then the malls and shopping centers came as the town sprawled. Some of the old downtown businesses tried moving . . .

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