HAZARD—U.S. Kentucky Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes made a visit to Southeastern Kentucky this week as part of her eight-county jobs bus tour—one of her stops being at the local Treehouse Cafe and Bakery on Main Street in Hazard.
Grimes met with Treehouse co-owner Jenn Noble Thursday afternoon to have a one-on-one conversation about local small businesses and how to keep them in business during the tough economic times the region has been facing in the last few years and will continue to face. Treehouse opened more than two years ago in Hazard, and has dealt with the same financial struggles that many small businesses in Southeastern Kentucky have.
Noble spoke last year at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) summit about her fight to stay in her hometown and keep her business open and thriving to help strengthen the local economy and show local citizens that the area was not lost.
While at Treehouse, Grimes said she was working, like Noble, to ensure the small businesses and their owners would not be forgotten.
“She’s [Noble] not done yet, and neither are we,” Grimes said.
Grimes started her tour on Wednesday by visiting Whitley, Knott, and Bell Counties. She continued her tour on Thursday, visiting Clay and Leslie Counties. After her stop in Hazard Grimes and her campaign were headed to Knott County, where she planned to visit the local ATV trail and the Appalachian Artisan Center, and then end her trip in Powell County.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.