BY SAMANTHA GUY
Local businesses located on the Girard square are beginning to renovate as well as bring new businesses to the area.
Shear Expressions, located on the south side of the square, has been under some major renovations as of late and is getting a new neighbor to the west.
Debbie Hobbs, Shelby Hobbs and Kaitlin Hobbs are opening a new boutique Saturday, June 3, in the building right next door to Shear Expressions, which is a salon owned and run by Debbie.
Debbie applied for one of the Downtown Façade grants to help with all of her renovations to her existing business.
Some renovations include new interior paneling, painting, new window and door, and work done to the existing awning and brick exterior of the building.
The new boutique is called Pearls and Curls Boutique and has already seen tons of support on Facebook.
Debbie moved to her current location on September 15, 2001. She bought the building in 2009.
When she first moved in, they did some major renovations to the apartment in the back and, after purchasing the building, remodeled the back three storage rooms with new ceiling, floors and walls.
Regarding the work, Debbie said, “It has definitely been a family project with my husband Ron and son Cody and Shelby’s boyfriend Travis Cannon doing all the work. There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears, literally, but it’s so worth it. I’m really proud of all our work and accomplishments but we still have a little left to do.”
Other businesses on the square have also been remodeling after the City completed the sidewalks as part of the downtown renovations.
Heidrick’s is putting on a new awning in front of their building using a local contractor, Widner Construction owned by Steve Widner from Girard.
Bumper to Bumper is also putting on a new rubber roof on their building with contractors Mid-America Roofing out of Frontenac.