GENESEO – Main Street’s businesses continue as always to serve their customers and their community during this year’s downtown transitions and projects.
Businesses impacted by the Kelly’s fire are quickly recovering, with Cyclepath bike shop maintaining normal hours and Touch of Grayce finishing paint and interior updates with plans to reopen soon. Those shops that anticipate the effects of the Main Street water and sewer project plan to enter the transition period with their best foot forward.
“At no point am I going to change my hours,” said Renee Livingston, owner of Cricket’s Coffee Company. “I’ve been told that we will lose some sidewalk, but I will always be open until 7 p.m. weekdays, and open mics go until 9.”
Alyssa Cope, founder and owner of Honey Girl Gourmet which was lost in the Kelly’s fire, says that she plans to reopen as soon as she can.
The sidewalk has been reopened in front of the building formerly housing Kelly’s Saloon and Honey Girl, re-establishing smooth foot traffic to the block’s shops.
The Kelly’s building has been condemned and awaits demolition and rebuilding from the bottom up.
Investigators have determined the cause of the fire, the most severe Main Street fire since 1977, to be a short in a cloth-insulated wire in the south-facing wall near the back porch.
The Main Street water and sewer main construction is projected to be complete Sept. 25.