The sign at the now closed Floyd Antiques tells the story

The Floyd Antiques store on Locust Street closed last weekend, leaving a vacant space on the Town of Floyd’s busiest business street. It joins the vacant spot on Main Street that housed the offices of retired attorney Robert Boswell along with my old space and another vacant spot at The Village Green.

But some empty spaces have also been filled. The health department moved into one of the two Locust Street-facing storefronts at The Station on South Locust and Mickey G’s Italian Bistro and Pizzeria is nearing its opening day at the health club complex just down Virginia Rte. 8.  Local musician Mike Mitchell opened his shop in the other storefront location in the Station and Bookends moved into a new location in The Winter Sun.

Some business owners tell me they are hanging on by a thread while others say they have the resources to ride out the hard times: At least for the time being.

So, as we head in 2010, should be be optimistic or pessimistic?

Good question.