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City incentive helps downtown Sherman business

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Sherman Mayor David Plyler presents a check to downtown merchant Leslie Archer. (KTEN) Sherman Mayor David Plyler presents a check to downtown merchant Leslie Archer. (KTEN)
Leslie Archer received a city incentive to help her home furnishings store in downtown Sherman. (KTEN) Leslie Archer received a city incentive to help her home furnishings store in downtown Sherman. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- A downtown Sherman business has become the first to graduate from the city's Jump Start the Heart program.

The City Council created it with the hope of attracting entrepreneurs to Sherman's downtown district.

Leslie Jean's Unique Home Furnishings opened its doors a year ago, and on Tuesday became the initial recipient of Jump Start the Heart: A check for half the year's rent.

"This is a great day, because this is the first check we've been able to issue to Leslie Jean's, and it's a great business," Sherman Mayor David Plyler said. "It's a way for her to grow her business."

The Jump Start the Heart program was created to give back to new businesses starting out in downtown Sherman, and that's a big boost to Leslie Jean's owner, Leslie Archer.

"It really helps to get your business off the ground," she said. "It's fun that you have to wait a year, because it does give you an incentive."

Archer said she plans to use the money to help advertise her business around town.

"I'm doing a commercial and all sorts of promoting, so this is just going to be amazing to help with that," she said.

As the first of eight businesses to graduate from the program, Archer said she is looking forward to see downtown Sherman grow.

"There's a lot of new businesses in Sherman that people don't even know about yet, so I'm really excited for growth to happen," she said. 

The next business to graduate from Jump Start the Heart will be Izzy's Pet Emporium early next month.

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