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Business

  • Cashing in on the Ryder's Cup

    Though the Ryder Cup is still two months away, local businesses are already experiencing the benefits of having a world-class golf tournament take place just miles down the road.

    The event, which will take place September 16 to 21 at Valhalla Golf Club, will draw spectators from around the world to watch the best European and U.S. golfers square off on the greens.

    In total, the event is expected to bring over $120 million dollars into the area.

    Several local hotels have already booked up for the event.

  • Shelbyville Home Expo is July 12

    Despite the doom and gloom about gas prices and the economy in general, it's a good time to buy a home.

    That's the message to visitors of Shelbyville's first Home Expo planned for Saturday, July 12 in Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expo is free and participants will be eligible for giveaways, including a big screen TV and free closing costs.

  • Bistro revived: Restaurant under new ownership

    When Maggie Herrick was 9 years old, her favorite place to eat in Shelbyville was Bistro 535. The restaurant's downtown location, fantastic food, and local flare gave the establishment an indelible charm that made a lasting impression on the young girl.

    And now, with a college education and nine years of experience in the restaurant industry behind her, Herrick has returned to the community to run the Bistro.

    Herrick, who will run the Bistro with her boyfriend, Matty Beal, said owning the restaurant is a dream come true.

  • Spanish-speaking doctor opens practice

    Dr. Mario Rios has opened a new family practice at 140 Stonecrest Drive.

    The office is located behind O'Reilly Auto Parts off U.S. 60.

    Dr. Rios, who lives in Louisville with his wife, Ruth, is a native of Columbia and a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He has been living in the United States for 40 years.

    He accepts patients 9-years-old and up. No appointment is necessary; patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. He and his staff speaks fluent Spanish.

  • Insurance report card - Body shops grade providers

    Not all insurance companies are created equal. That's a saying Jimmy Brown routinely tells his customers when they come to his Simpsonville auto body shop for collision repair.

    Brown, owner of Medley's Body and Paint shop, said some companies will do anything they can to help their customers. And others will cut any corner they can to save a buck.

  • New Business: Hinkle's Glass and Windows

    Kevin Hinkle wouldn't walk over broken glass for his customers, but he will do just about anything else, he says.

    "Pretty much anything that involves glass, I can do," he said.

    Glass is his business, and he opened his own shop, Hinkle's Glass and Windows, on June 1 at 201 8th St.

    Hinkle, who lives in Shelbyville with his wife, Kelly, said he has more than 15 years experience in the glass business, acquired from working with his father-in-law, Bennie Dunn, of Lexington.

  • Foreclosures: 'Needlessly on the rise'

    Yolanda Bradford knows painfully too well the look on homeowners' faces when they are facing foreclosure.

    Bradford, a non-profit financial consultant, said people who come into her office with a stack of late mortgage payments often don't have any hope of saving their home.

    "They think there is no way to save their home, so many just walk away and let their house fall into foreclosure," she said.

    Bradford has seen the number of homeowners who walk away without first pursuing all of their options steadily increase in Shelby County.

  • 'Bankrupt' Goody's to stay open here

    Velda Imel is glad that the Goody's location in Shelbyville is not one of the close to 70 stores in the chain was tapped to be shut down. Imel, of Cropper, said she has shopped at the store on Midland Trail for years because of its selection and low prices.

    "It's too bad for those other stores," Imel said.

  • Downtown merchants extend hours

    Starting June 12, many downtown merchants will extend their hours to lure shoppers who may take advantage of the long days to stroll down Main or Washington.

    Most members of Shelbyville Merchants Association for Retail Trade (S.M.A.R.T.) will remain open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Many of the stores will also offer discounts and in-store specials during the extended hours.

  • A new view of old downtown

    While Patrick Rymer and Ray Wadsworth are at work, they have one of the best views of downtown Shelbyville to be found.

    Three-stories up in their hydraulic cherry picker, the two men can be seen just about every day of the week scraping and painting the exterior of buildings on Main Street. In the last couple years, the men have restored the outside of eight buildings in the downtown area.

    Along with freshening up the paint, Rymer has also made restorations to many of the trademark second-story windows in downtown.