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Visitors Center in midst of makeover

The Jonesborough Visitors Center is in the midst of a makeover.
From the recent renovation of the commercial kitchen to plans for refinishing the flooring, improvements appear to be making an impact at the center.
“We don’t have a huge budget, but we’re trying to work with what we can,” said Amber Crumley, manager of the Visitors Center.
During a meeting of the Visitors Center Committee on May 28, Crumley reported that the exterior doors of the facility have all been re-painted while hand dryers have been installed in the public restrooms there.
“The hand dryers have cut down on waste of paper,” noted Alicia Phelps, director of tourism and marketing for the town. “Hopefully we will be able to see a nice improvement on that over Jonesborough Days and the Storytelling Festival when there’re long lines for the bathroom.”
Up next at the center is the refinishing of the wooden floors in the auditorium and community room.
“We’re going to be able to get that done this budget year,” Crumley said. “They need it. It can get too far gone and then it’s a big problem.”
The floors will be refinished during the week of June 10, with the center still able to be open for weekend events, she said.
“The next big thing that we want to focus on is the lighting,” Crumley said. “It can look real nice for events here, but it really takes a lot of work to get it there, and it shouldn’t.”
Crumley said she plans to wait until the next fiscal year, which starts in July, to address possible improvements to the lighting in the center’s auditorium.
“When the town looks at your bottom line and sees what you are bringing in, that gives them incentive to get it done,” said Marcy Hawley, chair of the Visitors Center Committee.
Revenue from renting out the facility appears to be on the rise. According to Crumley, the Visitors Center brought in $22,000 in income in 2007. It has steadily increased since then, reaching a revenue of $31,200 last year, Crumley said.