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New businesses rise from ashes of downtown Shelbyville fire

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The Pretty in Pink Boutique. The Pretty in Pink Boutique.
Scene of the fire in Shelbyville, Ky. on March 6, 2013. Scene of the fire in Shelbyville, Ky. on March 6, 2013.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A fire left a gaping hole in historic downtown Shelbyville, Ky. -- but the owner of the land is changing his plans, and new businesses are rising from the ashes.

Pretty in Pink is a children's boutique selling everything from tiaras and crowns to little girl's gowns. Tipsy Gypsy is a unique adult mixed store with clothing, jewelry and trinkets. The new stores opened one week apart from each other in historic downtown Shelbyville.

The only thing separating the boutiques is a giant hole left behind by the March 6 fire on Main Street.

"It's kind of going to be a little retail office-slash-hopefully a restaurant," said Jim Reynolds, days after the flames. He's the owner of the land and three of the four buildings destroyed in the fire.

City leaders say he has since strayed from this idea, purchasing new property in another part of town with his insurance money.

"It is a little disappointing but....he's put a lot of time, money and energy and poured his heart out into these buildings, so I can't blame him a bit for what he wants to do," said Tom Hardesty, the mayor of Shelbyville.

The family who owns the fourth property, Fiesta Mexicana, tried to open up in a vacant Chinese buffet, but building code problems stopped their construction, and a new Mexican restaurant capitalized by opening feet from their old location, making the hole on Main Street a mainstay for now.

"That really hurt us," said Tammy White, owner of Pretty in Pink. "I wish they'd get something else in there, but I don't think that's going to happen for a while."

The two new boutiques are kind of like the scar from the fire beginning to heal. Pretty in Pink and Tipsy Gypsy opened in the neighboring buildings that had been damaged by the flames.
Though for now, the development stops there.

"I look at it everyday when I come through town and I try to see what really nice businesses could go in here," Hardesty said.

History is changing in this section of downtown Shelbyville, and no one yet knows what the next chapter will be.

"They had good people there, and I feel sorry that they lost everything, but I think that Main Street will be okay," said Tracey Griffin, manager of Tipsy Gypsy.

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