Front Street Recovering after Arson Fire

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Business is picking back up on Front Street in Marietta; nearly two weeks after an arson fire changed the face of downtown.

"The fire was definitely tragic, and a very unfortunate circumstance for those stores and for all of downtown Marietta," Teri Ann Pfeffer, owner of Teri Ann's, said.

The fire destroyed Marietta Wine Cellars and heavily damaged two other businesses. Although only directly impacting those shops, it also took a toll on the dozens of others lining the street.

"We were concerned, but I think people were just trying to stay out of the way and let the fire marshal's and whoever else was involved do what they need to do," Shana Woodford, owner of H. Rietz and Co., said.

Now nearly two weeks later, loyal customers are helping the street get back on its feet.

"I'm just sad, and I hope it rebuilds. I'm sure it will. They always come back," Margie Oliver, a shopper, said.

While those plans remain in progress, shop owners say business must go on.

"It hurts the landscape and that's not good for anybody, but people are still shopping. It hasn't stopped people from coming downtown," Teri Ann said.

A downtown working through tough times in an effort to thrive again.


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