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Visit area properties with potential during annual Possibilities Tour

 

NATCHEZ — If you’ve ever had your eye on one of the many properties in downtown Natchez or along Carter Street in Vidalia and wondered if the space would be right for your business, Saturday is your chance to get inside and see for yourself if it fits your needs.

Natchez Inc., along with Alcorn State University and area Realtors, is hosting the fifth-annual Possibilities Tour: “Turning Deserted Spaces Into Dynamic Places,” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, in which some 20 downtown Natchez and Vidalia properties will be featured in what is described as a big open house-type event.

“If a building has been closed for many years, this is a chance for people to see what’s behind those doors,” said Aimee Guido, communications manager for Natchez Inc. “Maybe they could turn it in to a business, live upstairs and rent the downstairs.”

Guido said the Possibilities Tour started in 2013 and in past years organizers have had creative entrepreneurs set up workspaces in the vacant buildings to give visitors a chance to imagine the possibilities.

This year, two new features have been added, including an iBook, available for free download by searching Apple’s Books app for “2018 Possibilities Tour,” The iBook details the histories of each of the properties featured on this year’s 2018 tour.

The iBook, Guido said, was produced by the Historic Natchez Foundation and gives people who are interested in the properties a chance to get a detailed look at the properties before the event.

“The iBook Books app 2018 Possibilities Tour gives people a chance to see historic information and old pictures,” Guido said. “It is neat to see how downtown has changed, look at different things they have added or taken away.

Chase Klugh, Director of Historic Preservation at Historic Natchez Foundation, has complied information and images of the Natchez … You can read about the past of the Natchez properties prior to the tour and while you are visiting each property.”

Printed copies of the historic material also will be available onsite Nov. 10, Guido said.

New for this year’s tour, too, Guido said, is a scavenger hunt, in which each site will feature a clue word that visitors can write down the clue words for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.

“The scavenger hunt will take place among all the featured properties listed on the map,” Guido said. “Maps may be picked up at either Natchez Inc. (100 S. Pearl St.) or the Vidalia Technology Center (101 N. Spruce St.).

“Participants must visit each property listed on the map and record the clue word found at each property in the space provided on the map. Once all properties have been visited, the completed map must be brought back to Natchez Inc. to be entered for the drawing for a $250 VISA gift card that will be held Nov. 12 from the names of all who completed scavenger hunt maps.”

This year’s 20 properties will feature a mix of buildings that are for sale or lease, Guido said, and Realtors will be on hand to answer questions.

Since the Possibilities Tours began, eight businesses have located in properties that were featured: Natchez Brewing Company, (current and first location); Soiree, 505 Main St.; Downtown Karla Brown, 406 Franklin St.; Old Man River Antiques, 708 Franklin St.; Nest, 505 Franklin St.; Elliott and Co., 511 Main St.; Natchez Architecture, 513 Main St.; Darbys, 420 Main St..

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