When David and Claudia Vaughn purchased the constructing at 231 E. Marion St. in Shelby, the place was, fairly merely, a multitude. The one a part of the constructing not in full disrepair was a Jackson-Hewitt tax workplace, which has been operated by a household outfit for greater than 20 years.
The opposite half of the constructing had been empty for a number of years. The downstairs areas had been flooded with as much as 4 inches of water pooling within the flooring at any given time and traces of mildew had been frequent. However to them, that was good.
“We love to purchase one thing tough and ugly and repair it up,” mentioned Claudia.
She’s not completely improper. The couple has efficiently renovated rundown properties into fascinating rental properties, a feat David attributes to Claudia’s imaginative and prescient and his personal technical capability.
The couple had hoped to tug an identical trick with their enterprise on Marion Road. David’s authentic plan for constructing was to renovate and switch it right into a pizza restaurant, one thing he mentioned has lengthy been a dream of his.
However after some well being issues pressured them to vary course, the couple as a substitute determined to show their misplaced alternative right into a contemporary one for another person.
“Beginning up a small enterprise is pricey. You want deposits and down funds to your constructing, for energy, for permits for all of these things. That is some huge cash when you find yourself simply making an attempt to open up,” mentioned David.
As a substitute of opening one massive small enterprise, David and Claudia as a substitute set to work turning one massive suite into house for a number of companies.
“When David began there was nothing in right here. Only one wall right here and one on the again. As he began placing up partitions and placing within the frames across the doorways it actually began to remind me of the outdated Marion Mall,” mentioned Claudia.
It took greater than a 12 months of labor however finally, the constructing, now referred to as Uptown Enterprise Heart began attracting new companies. As of now Uptown Enterprise Heart is residence to 5 companies, with two extra anticipated to maneuver in someday this summer season.
“I had been working at completely different salons, and I made a decision it was time to open my very own enterprise,” mentioned Jenny Do, of Jenny Do Nails, one of many 5 companies within the middle. “This place has been nice. Enterprise is sweet, my clients are superb, and it is a actually good location.”
The latest enterprise to maneuver in is one based by David and Claudia. Referred to as Kingdom’s Cup, the enterprise sits entrance and middle within the middle and provides espresso, milkshakes, ice cream and different treats.
The title and mascot, a knight in shining armor, had been impressed by the couple’s religion, David mentioned.
“No one appeared to need to transfer into the entrance house right here, and we had been nervous that not having somebody there may take away from the opposite companies. So we opened up,” he mentioned. “It is type of labored out. This place is now like a one-stop store the place you may get one thing tasty to eat after which go get a therapeutic massage or a makeover finished.”
Dustin George will be reached at 704-669-3337 or Dustin.George@ShelbyStar.com.