Columbia, SC (WLTX) -The debate over Columbia's homelessness has put attention back on downtown and the city's main street.
While city leaders are encouraging people to shop on Main Street several businesses have closed their doors.
Just this week Weddings 101 announced they were leaving the area.
"There is a lot of traffic in downtown Columbia there is no question about that but at the end of the day everyone packs up and goes home," said Edson Munekata, owner of Cowboys Brazilian Steakhouse.
Cowboys Brazilian Steakhouse has been on Columbia's Main Street for two years now.
Munekata is the owner and says...the lack of traffic after work has caused some restaurants to close after lunch.
He says Main Street is heading in the right direction, but needs more exposure.
"It's not the same downtown from five years ago so I think once people have the curiosity to come here and walk around downtown they will see that downtown has come a long way."
Another business that moved to the heart of downtown one year ago is the Nickelodeon Theatre.
"We have served over 35,000 people this year our previous record was 27,000 in a year so it's a huge jump for us and it's not slowing down so we couldn't be happier," said Adam Smith with the "Nick."
Smith says despite some businesses closing their doors... others are moving in quickly.
"There is just a great feeling down here; more people are living on Main Street. We have great neighbors like Mast General, Paradise Ice, Tapps arts center across the street, there is something going on just about every night and it's just a great feeling down here."
Both businesses agree that events like first Thursdays on Main Street and festivals will attract new people to the area and hopefully make them long time customers.
"We've added additional screening on the weekends to play off of things like the soda city market that's right outside our door so there is a great swell here on Main Street and we want to take advantage of it."