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3 businesses closed by fire now reopen

When The Brick unlocked its doors Monday, it marked the third business stranded by the Sept. 17 fire to re-open.

Willis-Gray Gallery and Albany Framing re-opened in January in their same location at 211 Second Ave. S.E. Vintij Salon in the basement below the gallery did not re-open as the owner went to Deloain New York Salon Spa.

In its place, however, a new salon emerged called The Loft, which also sells clothing accessories.

Renovations

The 209 Second Ave. building, which used to house The Brick, is slowly getting through renovations, said its owner, Ralph Jones. The main level, which housed La Bella clothing store and Lighting Impressions home fixtures store, has some interior framing in place, Jones said, and he's waiting to frame the basement where The Brick used to be to let the new tenant specify the layout.

Not open

La Bella and Lighting Impressions have not re-opened since the fire and do not plan to return to their former locations. Jones expects tenants in the two vacant stores by fall.

- Paul Huggins

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