NILES, Ohio (WYTV) — Niles is a town with a split personality of sorts.
For many people when they think of Niles, the Eastwood Mall area is what comes to mind. With more than 3 million-square feet of space, the mall itself is a huge attraction.
The area is the first stop for a lot of people looking for shopping, dining or an evening out.
But downtown Niles should not be forgotten either. Although some businesses have moved out over the years, still others are just moving in.
White Door Studio is a full service salon. It just opened in November and owner Francine McCabe said she thinks the downtown is seeing a big revitalization.
And she said she is thrilled to be right where she is.
“I am a Niles girl and I wanted to stay home in this area and do hair and makeup. And the environment is phenomenal,” McCabe said. “It’s all windows. It’s bright, cheery. We get to watch the traffic. We are like the old guys.”
Niles has a very important place in both Ohio and American history. As the birthplace of President William McKinley, it is now home to a very picturesque memorial to the former president.
In addition to the life-size statue of the president himself, there are a series of busts of other important political leaders of the time. Construction on the memorial began in 1915.
McCabe said the McKinley Memorial brings in a lot of people who otherwise might not bother with downtown.
The memorial is built on the site of the school house McKinley attended as a child. Just down the street, visitors also can take a tour of a replica of his childhood home.