Small businesses are what makes Takoma Park unique. I have first-hand experience of what it's like to work in downtown Takoma Park.
After working for myself for decades, I thought I'd pivot and work for others. That included three jobs in downtown Takoma: a consulting firm, a retail store and a restaurant.
The most important takeaway for me is that security, expecially at night when closing, is key.
As a city councilperson, I'd encourage police officers to make regular visits to businesses to get to know the staff and the staff to know them. That way no one hesitates to call for assistance when needed.