The Music Valley area is open for business. Merchants along Music Valley Drive and McGavock Pike are ready to get back to normal business following a year of recession and flooding.
"A lot of people think this whole area is closed, but its not," said Ben Jones.
Jones is known for his role as Cooter on the television series Dukes of Hazzard. He now owns Cooter's Place, a Dukes of Hazzard museum on McGavock Pike.
On Labor Day weekend, he's offering a little star power to help get his museum and other shops get back on track as part of Rally for the Valley, an entertainment event to generate business.
The economy was already taking a toll on the area, when devastating floods swept away many Nashville businesses in May. Across the street, tourist attractions like the Grand Ole Opry, Opryland Resort, and Opry Mills Mall remain closed due to flood damage.
Some shop owners hope to see more people when the Opry venues reopen later this year, but many of them need of attention now.
Jones' friend Catherine Bach, once an attention-getter as Daisy Duke, was a big draw Saturday. Numerous concerts, as well as deals and discounts to all who come to the Rally for the Valley should help as well.
"Not only are we open for business, but open for great business," said Jones.
Rally for the Valley runs through Monday, September 6. For more information, visit www.NashvilleMusicValley.com.