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Rising from the ashes: Eldorado business returns after fire last month

  • Sandy Gwaltney of Eldorado moves some merchandise as she sets up for the reopening of her business, Cassandra's Forget Me Not ... Again. Gwaltney's old store burned on Oct. 29.

    Sandy Gwaltney of Eldorado moves some merchandise as she sets up for the reopening of her business, Cassandra's Forget Me Not ... Again. Gwaltney's old store burned on Oct. 29.
    Travis DeNeal/Eldorado Journal

  • Sandy Gwaltney of Eldorado moves a box as she sets up for the reopening of her business, Cassandra's Forget Me Not ... Again. Gwaltney's old store burned on Oct. 29.

    Sandy Gwaltney of Eldorado moves a box as she sets up for the reopening of her business, Cassandra's Forget Me Not ... Again. Gwaltney's old store burned on Oct. 29.
    Travis DeNeal/Eldorado Journal

 
 
updated: 11/29/2017 9:41 AM

ELDORADO -- It's back to business this week for Sandy Gwaltney of Eldorado, a month after her store burned in an early morning fire.

Tuesday afternoon, Gwaltney and some helpers were arranging items in front of her new storefront at 1701 Locust Street. She says she's happy to be back to work.

"I've had people come by here, some of them with tears in their eyes, saying 'we're glad you're back,'" Gwaltney said.

Early on the morning of Oct. 29, the building where Cassandra's Forget Me Not stood on downtown Fourth Street was destroyed in a fire.

On Tuesday, as Gwaltney moved boxes with her helpers, building owner Debby Jones came by to view the progress.

"I had my store here for years, but I had to quit for health reasons," Johnson said. "She needed a place for her new store, so here we are."

The store now will be called Cassandra's Forget Me Not ... Again, Gwaltney said.

"We are open now, but Friday is the official day," she said. "I'd like to remind people that I'll also have a table out for toy donations. I always get toys for kids at Christmastime."

She'll also have tables set up at the Eldorado American Legion's flea market on Dec. 16.

In addition, for other vendors who wish to have a table at the Legion flea market, the cost is $10, according to Sons of the American Legion member Kenny Kaegi.

For now, Gwaltney said she's glad to be reopening her store. "I'm ready to be back," she said.

For more information, call Gwaltney at (618) 518-1663.