• EARLIER: Stores gearing up for Black Friday

    This year, merchants in Shelby County are hoping that Black Friday will be a red-letter day.

    Most are holding huge sales targeted for the launch of the Christmas shopping season, which officially gets under way today with a stampede of post-Thanksgiving bargain-hunters hitting the doors early and often in search of rare items and great prices.

    But how does recovering from a recession affect retailers' hopes for a profitable season of sales?

    Most in Shelby County are optimistic, because they say sales have slowly begun to pick up lately.

  • EARLIER: Hotel sold at auction for less than $3 million

    The hotel formerly known as the Holiday Inn Express on Club House Drive in Shelbyville, now operating as the Ritz Inn and Suites, was sold at auction Thursday for just less than $3 million.

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation had taken the hotel into receivership last month because its former owners, JMG Hospitality LLC, owed more than $2 million in defaulted loans and also had been delinquent on its property taxes.

  • New Business: DX3 Tattoo-N-Piercin

     Staff photo by Lisa King


    • Desiree Duffner works on a tattoo at DX3 Tattoo-N-Piercing on Robin Road.

    • His wife is the tattoo artist, and Kevin Duffner is in charge of body piercing.


    New business: DX3 Tattoo-N-Piercings


  • New business: Shelbyville Transmission Plus Auto Repair

    Owned by: Dave Atherton

    Location: 568 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville

    Phone: 633-5994 or 301-0323

    What we do: Atherton has over 30 years experience in the automotive repair and transmission business. Originally from Detroit, he worked there with various automotive companies – Cottman Industries, A-1 Transmission, Royal Transmissions and other national companies. He has owned several repair businesses and still owns Atherton Transmission in Louisville.

  • Holiday Inn gets its old name back

     The former Holiday Inn Express is going to be flying that familiar name once again.

  • New business: Virginia Hood, Attorney at Law

    Virginia F. B. Hood, Attorney at Law

    Located at: 308 Main St. in Shelbyville -- Upstairs in Suite B

    Phone: 633-4229

    Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

    What we do: Hood, a Shelbyville resident, has been practicing law for 13 years.

    "I do a little bit of everything. Historically what I've done is for the last seven years I've represented children with disabilities," she said.

  • Holiday shopping bodes well for most stores

    Christmas retail sales across the country showed a modest increase from 2008 to 2009. Shelby County stores, however, reported mixed results.

    Main Street Music & More owner Mary Wiecek said beginning guitars sold well, but overall sales were still down from last year. This was not good considering how much the store relies on holiday shoppers.

    "It's a big percentage of our year," Wiecek said. "We have cut back on some inventory."

  • Crafters create decorations, unique holiday gifts

    Among a dozen wreaths circling Brenda Richardson's dining room is a piece of swag she created using greenery, red hollies, plaid ribbon and pine cones. It's her favorite piece.

    ”It's made to look like it's plucked out of the woods," she said.

    Richardson is one of several Shelby County crafters whose works are decorating the homes of neighbors or are wrapped delicately to be given as gifts at Christmas.

  • Business Briefcase Feb, 12, 2010

     Robinson attends conference

  • Fastenal, landlord discuss new lease

    A “for rent” banner atop the building occupied by Fastenal in Shelbyville has driven speculation that the store is closing, but that’s not the case, its district manager said.

    Mike Miller, who oversees 10 stores in the region, said that the company has asked the landlord of its store at 251 Alpine Drive to review its 5-year lease that has 14 months remaining.

    Fastenal signed its agreement with landlord Lewis Brashear during a boom time and Miller feels that the monthly rate is higher now than it should be.