SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Downtown Shelbyville has a new place for local small business owners to set up shop.

A tailor, a candy shop, a massage parlor and an art gallery are just a few of the businesses that now call the Shoppes at Blue Gables home. 

"We're real excited about it, and we think our space looks fabulous,” said Mary Yager, Curator of the Dogwood Art Gallery. 

The shopping center on Main Street in Shelbyville means new life for an old building. The Shelbyville Preservation Group set out to transform what was known as the former Blue Gables Motel, which was most recently a sore spot in the town's rich history.

"As far as the activity that went on here, there was commercial activity that is not necessarily legal, and the police were here quite a bit,” Shelbyville Preservation Group President Kerry Magan said. 

Now the property is clean, quaint and, most importantly, open for business. 

"We feel it's so important for local people to shop at home,” Yager said.

The center allows local owners to rent a space at an affordable price. The idea behind the project was to cultivate community and support small business. 

"We are wanting to help new businesses come in, find a location they can afford and an environment that is supportive,” Magan said. 

All but two of the spaces are rented. As the shops continue to fill up, owners are encouraging people to take the trip to Shelbyville to see what's in store. 

"I think everybody should least take a walk through and see if something interests them,” said Vanessa Salvato, Owner of Sunfish Massage. 

The hope is to have all the shops rented in the next couple of months. Anyone interested in the space can call 502-633-4365.

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