Main Street Businesses Receive Facade Grants

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Main Street is getting another facelift with the award of four new facade grants. Body Elegance Day Spa, the Ox Bow Saloon, Rim Country Printery, and Wicks Automotive were recently awarded the $20,000 grants.

The four recipients outlined their plans for the grants:

Body Elegance Day Spa

With the interior of the old house, built in 1910, undergoing extensive renovation prior to a tentative opening date of May 1, Body Elegance Day Spa owner Shelley Wayland talked about her plans, "We're going to do some landscaping and put a new wood porch on it," she said. "We're also going to power wash the building and repaint the trim, and we're going to have rock-veneer facing put on two side buildings to match the house."

"This grant program has really helped us a lot because we're putting tons of money into this -- not only purchasing the property, but having to take a loan out against our house to renovate it," she said.

Ox Bow Saloon

Ox Bow owner Beverly Nethken plans to use her facade grant to "bring the old gal back to the original." Included in her plans are replacing logs that have been removed from the front of the historic hotel and saloon, repairing a gap between the chimney and the building, and adding a balcony over the courtyard.

The Oxbow Inn has been declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Rim Country Printery

Owners Tom and Nicole McCorgary moved their print shop to 520 W. Main Street from the Beeline and re-opened the doors on Jan. 20. The McCorgarys plan to use their grant to replace and extend the existing awning, repair the cement pad in front, reinforce the structure, replace the windows, and replace the wood parapets, with stucco.

Wicks' Automotive

Owner Mike Wicks plans to expand his automotive repair business into an entirely new area -- scuba diving equipment.

The facade grant will be used to add rock-veneer facing to the 16 inches at the top where the roof has been raised. He plans to add a new sign and metal roof with grant money.

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