Lori McKinney didn’t spend much time on Mercer Street.
Growing up in Mercer County, W. Va., she was absorbed in her life of high school, music and tennis, the way many teenagers are. Downtown Princeton wasn’t a part of that; she was more likely to hang out at the Mercer Mall.
But without her, Mercer Street would likely not be what it is today, a colorful, lively corridor that is bustling with business.
Greg Puckett, a generation ahead of her, saw Mercer Street react reflexively when the mall’s opening changed the county’s commercial gravity in the ’80s and ’90s…