The Blue Springs Downtown Alive initiative this week announced a quarterly review of its progress, highlighting four new business openings and continued renovations.

According to Downtown Alive Executive Director Pam Buck, the city’s Main Street has welcomed technology company Omnitech at 1202 Main St. as it moved to Blue Springs from Kansas, massage parlor Sacred Space Wellness at 1133 W. Main St. and Flat Branch Home Loan at 717 W. Main St. Terry Murphy Race Cars, at 1113 Knox St., will host a grand opening of a new Car Punkz Speed Shop, a car parts retailer in September.

“The spirit of community here is strong, which is very important to me,” Sacred Space Wellness owner Rebekah Bramlett said of her motivation to open a business in Blue Springs, where she has lived for five years with her two sons. “Many people opt to support local businesses.”

Flat Branch Home Loan owner Niki Bird also cited a long-standing connection to the area as a motivating factor in adding another business location.

“This is a perfect location for me, since I previously lived in Blue Springs and attended Blue Springs High School,” Bird said.

In addition to these developments, exterior and interior renovations at 710 Main St. are paving the way for a future tea room, as well as a variety of consignment shops. The city also looks forward to the finished construction of car-part manufacturing plant Faurecia off of Interstate 70, expected to bring a variety of jobs to the area.

The city also continues to raise money for its gateway project, which aims to construct two gateways on Main Street, one facing the Missouri 7 intersection and another facing the 15th Street intersection. Currently, $15,000 out of the needed $35,000 has been donated.