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Despite closures optimism in downtown Lyons remains high

Joan Delaro’s job can be tough sometimes.

As director of the Lyons Main Street program, a program designed to help boost downtown, she has to fight perceptions that the town’s central business district has seen better days.

Granted, she said, the town has suffered some setbacks — such as the recent closings of its fine-dining restaurant, Maitre D’ at Trombino’s, and the Tops supermarket on Forgham Street. Another longtime business, Lyons Hardware, also has closed.

But Delaro said there’s plenty of good things going on in Lyons, and she sees some of those empty storefronts and buildings in a different light.

“It is a place that can give you business opportunities and give you some beautiful residential areas at reasonable prices,” she said.

Some folks from outside the town have apparently taken notice of the potential of downtown Lyons.

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