New president-elect of the Bristol Business Association

Breanna Hitchens, owner of Re-Urban-It and new president of the Bristol Borough Business Association, in her store.
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The Bristol Borough Business Association has a new lease on life, with a new chairman and new ideas on how to restore Mill Street to destination status.

At its recent reorganization meeting, members elected Breanna Hitchens as president of the association.

Traders call Bristol Borough a geographic gem, with its central location between Philadelphia, Burlington NJ, and surrounding areas. Major highways, the SEPTA station, and boat docks on the Delaware River at Bristol Wharf serve as gateways to restaurants, shops, and the Bristol Riverside Theater.

Hitchens, owner of Re-Urban-It, located on the 400 block of Mill Street, said her appointment came as a surprise, but once elected she took the reins to help revive membership and reinvigorate business collaboration involving merchants and restaurants around the city.

A crowded Mill Street in May 2018.
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A planned website will provide information on association activities and events. The First Friday event that has always drawn thousands of visitors to town is being overhauled.

“We are discussing First Fridays, or something similar. We also want to advertise more to help those opening a new business or highlight businesses that have survived COVID. We want new members and we want to attract more visitors and more street shoppers,” Hitchens said.

Re-Urban-It opened its doors four years ago. Its showrooms offer refurbished furniture, gifts and home décor items.

The idea for Hitchens’ business came during a visit to Charleston, South Carolina when she saw a similar store. She had a business in Philadelphia before moving to Bristol Borough.

“It’s a pretty town, it’s not that far from the city, and when I saw this building I just said I wanted it. Bristol has a lot to offer,” she said. declared.

The business association meets once a month at 7 p.m. The group is planning dinner meetings at various locations around the city.

Re-Urban-It employee Jamie O’Neil at work.
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A display in Re-Urban-It.
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