The Check's Not in the Mail, it's in Their Hands

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On this, the first official shopping day of the holiday season, some downtown Marietta businesses received a gift from city officials.

Mayor Michael Mullen Friday morning visited downtown businesses distributing checks intended to help those businesses hit by September's flood.

"It's been an incredible comeback, to see that 95 percent of the businesses are back up and running," says Marietta Mayor Michael Mullen. "They're anxious to do business and we're encouraging everybody to shop Marietta first this holiday season."

The "ferb" fund, established by the city right after the disaster, helps merchants pay part of the renovation costs of their establishments.

"Some days when you have mud or paint all over you, you wonder, 'can we do this?" says Sarah Dye, owner of Top Drawer Furniture, recipient of one of the mayor's checks. "But I did and I feel very grateful."

Just in time for the holidays, most of the merchants affected by the high water have reopened for business. That includes some who weren't sure they would be able to start over.