For more than three decades, starting in the 1970's, this once prosperous town witnessed the closing of one business after another. The motels and restaurants that served the thousands of people traveling north and south along Route 301 closed one by one when the people stopped coming through. Then other retail businesses and the garment factory, leaving behind dozens of seemingly abandoned buildings. Each closed business; each empty, shuttered building. another symbol and reminder of the town's failed economy. Now things are changing again, and empty buildings are being put to work to support new businesses.