• Blue Gables renovations slow down

    When work began on the old Blue Gables motel last summer, officials with the Shelbyville Preservation Group, a non-profit group in charge of renovating the property for the purpose of turning it into multiple store units, said they anticipated at least some rooms would be ready by the fall of 2014.

    However, by the summer of 2015, SPG representatives acknowledged they might have been too ambitious with their timeline and said units may be closer to completion by the late summer or early fall of this year.

  • An employee you can count on

    Labor Day, established by the US Congress in 1894, salutes the American worker, and in Shelbyville, Steve Wood has seemingly been getting up and going to Katayama every day since.

    Katayama American has always recognized employees for outstanding attendance, but with Wood’s perfect record over 24 years – without even as much as a tardy – Vice President Mark Baker said he’s “the cream of the crop.”

  • A labor of love

    Each year since 1984 the nation has honored its workforce with a break from the hustle and bustle of a typical workday.  The September holiday gives hard workers an opportunity for a day of rest to enjoy family time, barbeque with friends or get a quick last summer vacation with an extended weekend.

    Some companies, however, go above and beyond when it comes to expressing gratitude to their employees.

  • New Main Street business will cater to kids

    With piles of unassembled playground parts piled against the walls, the developing business at 525 Main Street in Shelbyville may not seem like much now.  But in the coming weeks, that building will become the headquarters for laughing, excited children, as Kaleidoscopes, a new indoor play park, is unveiled.

    With three stories, the building will encompass a rock wall, a Lego room and numerous play areas.

    “There’s going to be huge playground structures, different things like that around here,” said manager Leslie Shoulders.

  • McKinley’s not ready to let go

    Like other parents of a 19-year-old, Teresa and Skip McKinley say they are having a hard time letting their baby go.  Their child, however, is a small restaurant at 615 Main Street that the couple established together, McKinley’s Bread Shop and Deli.

    “I like to say that we conceived McKinley’s, gave birth to it and nurtured it,” Teresa McKinley said.

    But with nearly two-decades of owning and operating the shop under their belt, the couple reluctantly admits they need to retire.

  • Hooper Station to get commercial development

    Shelbyville is making room for nine new businesses on Hooper Station and Mount Eden roads. But some nearby residents are not so interested in the change.

    Several outspoken and frustrated residents expressed their disdain for the future development proposed to the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday that includes nine new lots and three new streets adjacent to the Twin Springs subdivision.

    Kevin Young, a principal for Land Design and Development, said he had been working with the property owner for nearly a decade on the appropriate use of the land.

  • Former bank building is on the block

    A building that has played a major role in Shelbyville’s downtown streetscape for nearly a century and a half is still going strong, although it is up for sale.

    The 144-year old building located on the corner of 6th and Main streets, currently houses an engineering firm, Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, Inc. Consulting Engineers.

    Realtor Steve Osowicz with Larry Rogers Coldwell Banker said the asking price for the building is $625,000 to $725,000 and that so far, there has been no buyer.

  • A target audience

    If you’re into bow hunting and want a more realistic target practice experience than just aiming for the traditional bull’s eye, you’re in luck.

    Tree Shadow Outfitters, located in Midland Shopping Center next to the former Tractor Supply location, may have just what you’re looking for. Established last year in Village Plaza, the business relocated its indoor shooting range to the former Winn Dixie building in order to get more space, said David Hinds, who owns the business along with his daughter, Jeanette.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION: Public gets chance for input on craft brewery, distillery talks

    Per the Shelbyville City Council’s request, the Triple S Planning Commission will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. concerning the addition of breweries, brew pubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries to certain districts within the city.

    The planning commission will hold the hearing at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, in order to make a sufficient recommendation back to the city council.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said a change could be a boon to the city.

  • Getting hitched

    Shelby County, long recognized as the Saddlebred Capital of the World, is working on gaining still another distinction – it’s a great place to get married.

    There are at least a half dozen locations in Shelby County – most of them farms – that offer venues in which to hold a wedding.