Kingsdale will hold a wrecking ball celebration in August. The official date will be released soon.

Kingsdale will hold a wrecking ball celebration in August. The official date will be released soon.

And as our community eagerly awaits Kingsdale's redevelopment to take shape, the retailers and service businesses in the area likely have some mixed feelings.

Once construction begins in earnest, navigating the shopping center and its surrounding area will prove challenging at times, as efforts focus on different buildings and parking lot areas. Noise and dust will also add to the conundrum.

This might be a time when our natural inclination is to frequent businesses in areas away from the construction zone.

However, it is important for us to buck that trend and show our support to the Kingsdale area merchants, or we could lose them to another area - possibly outside our community.

The Chamber's Retail Committee has stepped up its efforts to raise awareness in the community of the many retailers and services we have in the heart of our city.

Committee members recognize that when we all work together, we are all more likely to succeed.

As such, the City/Chamber Live in UA? Shop in UA! campaign is being taken to new levels in 2009 and beyond.

The Retail Committee has already reached out to Kingsdale area businesses to begin brainstorming ways to show-case what they offer and help coordinate group programs and activities that will generate business and keep patrons coming back.

The listing below highlights the diversity of Kingsdale area merchants and services that seek your patronage.

Argo & Lehne Jewelers; Barnes & Noble Bookstore; Blockbuster Video; Complete PetMart; CVS Pharmacy; Framing Center; Game Stop; Jeffrey Thomas; Macy's; Outdoor Source; Sally Beauty Company; Ship Print Esell; and Walgreens

Caffe Da Vinci; Caribou Coffee; Chipotle; Donato's Pizza; First Watch; MCL Cafeteria; Panera Bread; Peking House; Robeks; Starbucks; and Wendy's

Health & Beauty
Alfred's Barber Shop; Attractive Nails; Elements for Women; Hearth Yoga; ImageSun; Saturdays Family Hair Care; Therapeutic Massage Center; and Trends for Nails, Inc.

Arlington Foot and Ankle Center; Dante Colossimo, D.D.S.; Maitland W. Place, D.D.S.; and Ohio State Optical

Miscellaneous Service
Long & Wilcox, LLC; Rance, Pritchett, Brantner, Keller & Ely Company, LPA; Schoedinger & Co.; Search Ministries; Swan Super Cleaners, Inc.; Talon Title Agency of Central Ohio, Inc.

Chase Bank; Edward Jones Investments; The Guernsey Bank; Key Bank; Logan Financial/Raymond James; US Bank National Association

Brushstrokes, Inc.; and Wesley-Braden Enterprises