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Cuero Main Street project boosts downtown appeal

By Sonny Long
July 28, 2013 at 2:28 a.m.

Kay Vigus of Ful-O-Pep checks out a flower basket hanging from a pole in downtown Cuero. Forty-five iron baskets were hung as part of a Cuero Main Street beautification project. Gloria Griffin, left of Ful-O-Pep, and Bridgette Bise, director of the Cuero Main Street program steady the ladder.

CUERO - Kay Vigus stretched her arms out as far as she could as she steadied the flower basket hanging from the pole on Esplanade Street in downtown Cuero.

"Being involved in a project like this is what Ful-O-Pep has done since the business began," said Vigus, who works in sales in the store's garden center. "It's important to do our part for the community."

Ful-O-Pep donated the flowers for the Cuero Main Street beautification project. The project included hanging 45 baskets of flowers along Main Street and the adjacent blocks downtown.

Ful-O-Pep donated sweet potato vine, periwinkle and gazania.

Cuero High School FFA students planted the flowers in the 22-inch iron baskets, and city of Cuero personnel did the the hanging.

Bridgette Bise, Cuero Main Street director, said it was important to get different facets of the community involved in the project.

"Making our downtown a destination takes more than one organization," Bise said. "It is a team and a family effort. It takes a community to put a downtown back on the map as a historic destination.

"It is a great partnership to bring these organizations together," Bise said.

Cuero re-entered the Main Street Program earlier this year after a more than 20-year absence.

Bise is excited about Cuero's downtown potential.

"This is the first piece toward making downtown Cuero a place people want to come and remember that time they used to walk downtown and shop, have an ice cream cone and make a day or evening of it."

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