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New businesses in Clifton neighborhood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hot dogs, ice cream, fresh fruits and vegetables -- you can find all of that and more in a Louisville neighborhood that is attracting new businesses.

Sam's Hot Dog Stand on lower Brownsboro Road in the Clifton neighborhood is a little more than just a hot dog stand -- it's a small restaurant that just recently opened.

On Friday a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening.  "I love hot dogs," says co-owner Joy Owens. "They put a smile on everybody's face, kids in particular, we have a lot of families that come here and it's an affordable meal."

In addition to all-beef hot dogs with lots of toppings, the restaurant serves other sandwiches, like barbecue, and has soups and salads as well as homemade desserts.

Owens and her business partner Cindy Ealy believe they have chosen the right location to be successful.  "This area is growing and expanding," says Owens.

Adds Ealy, "I think we are a meat and potatoes neighborhood where everybody works hard, and if you get too expensive I don't think it will last."

The opening of Sam's here is just the latest small locally owned business to come to Clifton.  Earlier this summer Sean Reynolds opened the Reynolds Grocery Store on Frankfort Avenue.  "We've had a really good reception from the community," he says.

Reynolds' store is a small building that some have described as a permanent farmers market with fresh fruits and vegetables.

"This area was forgotten for awhile, says Reynolds, "but when it was noticed that it was quiet, nice place, it's really taken off.

Tim Koons-McGee is the co-owner of the highly successful Comfy Cow and president of the business association.

He says businesses are drawn to the Clifton-Frankfort Avenue area because it is family friendly.

"You can walk here, you can take the dog along, there is just such diversity here that it is very attractive for businesses," says Koons-McGee.

A new music store is expected to open in the area later this fall.

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