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Dottie’s Beauty Shop just might remain open after all.
Well, at least a form of it.
Gilmore and Donna Dutton and Jeff and Robin Reynolds bought the two buildings at 410 and 416 6th Street and the sign that for years has been their icon from Jean Culver in an auction on Saturday, and Gilmore Dutton said he might not make changes.
“We’re hoping, and have already been approached by someone, to keep a beauty shop there,” Dutton said. “We think it would be neat to keep a beauty shop there and continue the tradition in Shelby County.”
Another tradition Dutton will continue is leaving the sign, a Shelby County landmark for 70 years, in place.
“We are really pleased we got the building, and we’re going to make Dottie proud of it,” he said.
Dutton and his wife, a district court judge, have a large presence in downtown Shelbyville, something he said they are very proud of. In addition to the building on Main Street that houses offices for his law firm and his wife, Gilmore Dutton is also involved with ownership through various businesses in three other buildings.
“We are fairly significantly invested in downtown,” he said. “We really committed ourselves to downtown about 15 years ago. We live in Shelby County, and we try to do all our shopping in Shelbyville.
“We try to make sure buildings get the proper management and viable businesses in them. Anytime a building is for sale in Shelbyville, we want to look into it.”
Dutton said he feels like the group got a little of a bargain with this purchase, getting both buildings and the sign for $111,000, before the buyer’s premium.
“We thought, with the buyer’s premium, the building would sell between a hundred and twenty thousand and a hundred and forty thousand. We ended up paying just over a hundred and twenty thousand, so we got a little bit of deal,” he said.
The two buildings have apartments upstairs, and the beauty salon and the offices of the magazine Back Home in Kentucky in the other.
“One apartment, above Dottie’s, is in pretty good shape,” Dutton said. “We’ll just do some cosmetic work to that one – maybe new floors and some paint. It has some really neat cabinets.
“The other apartment needs more work. But eventually we want to rent both of them.”
Dutton said he also told Back Home in Kentucky publisher Bill Matthews he has nothing to worry about.
“We told Bill Matthews when we bought it that he’s our anchor tenant,” Dutton said. “I like his magazine, and we want him to stay.”
Matthews was an active bidder on the building but bowed out at around $100,000.
Dutton said some work is needed on the two buildings, but he and the Reynolds are willing to fix it up.
“It’ll probably take about twenty to twenty-five thousand to get it up to speed,” Dutton said. “But it’s a nice building, and it’s in a great spot.”
6th Street has gone through somewhat of a revival over the last few years with 6th & Main Coffee House on the corner and Robert Burry renovating on the corner of 6th and Washington.
“Side streets are important to downtown, so people know there’s more to look for off Main Street,” Dutton said. “There is some really good work being done down there. There is a lot of room for creative commercial opportunities in downtown Shelbyville, and we want to keep offering those to people.”