Restaurants and retail outlets on Charleston's West Side are ready to get back to business after being closed for days because of the chemical leak, and West Side Main Street is helping out through an awareness campaign.
The "Eat West, Shop West, Go West! - Getting West Side Businesses Back in the Flow" campaign begins today and runs through Jan. 24.
Stephanie Johnson, West Side Main Street director, said the campaign doesn't offer any specific promotions, but is aimed at promoting businesses to help them recover financially from the crisis.
"We absolutely have heard from businesses they have taken a big financial hit," Johnson said Friday. "They did lose a significant amount of money because of the chemical spill."
Johnson said most West Side restaurants are still using bottled water for cooking.
She said in the days that followed the leak, community members donated water to West Side restaurant workers.
"The community has really pulled together," she said. "While visiting one of the local businesses impacted by the chemical spill, I witnessed people dropping off donations for the servers."
Other economic development groups in Charleston have also announced similar recovery initiatives, including East End Main Street's reHYDRATE campaign and the Charleston Area Alliance's Back to Business Charley West.
Johnson said another campaign focusing solely on restaurants also is in the works. She said West Side Main Street wants to continue to assist businesses on the West Side however it can.
"It's our responsibility to ensure these businesses continue to thrive," she said.