The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 13, 2013

Wally Kennedy: Happy to get back to South Main

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some big changes are planned for the southwest corner of 20th and Main streets.

Adornable Inc., an alterations shop that was destroyed by the tornado, is coming back to South Main Street.

Directly west of the new home for Adornable, a major expansion project has been launched by Brothers, Bezold & Associates Optometry, 2013 S. Joplin Ave.

Adornable had operated for several years at 2036 S. Main St. When the tornado took out its building, the property was acquired and spruced up by Gaylen Plumbing, 2030 S. Main St. Adornable, owned by Liliya Moos, found a new home in a leased storefront at 509 S. Main St.

Business was good for Adornable at the downtown location but not as good as when it was on South Main Street.

Chris Moos, a spokesman for the business, said, “We get about three complaints a day about the parking. Downtown has been good to us, but we think the issue is parking. Our business is down solely due to parking.’’

Adornable has acquired a 50-foot lot and a 25-foot lot just north of Gaylen Plumbing to build a new storefront with Main Street access and parking spaces for nine or 10 vehicles. They plan to construct a 2,100-square-foot building and be open by the end of October.

The former home of Sherwood Cleaners, a 45-foot lot on the south side of the El Paisa grocery store, 2016 S. Main St., will remain open.

Adornable has a thriving bridal-alteration business and does a lot of custom sewing. When I need something fixed, I take it to them.

“We’re two doors from where we used to be,’’ said Moos. “I can’t tell you how happy we are to get back to South Main. We feel like we’re going home.’’

The home of Brothers, Bezold and Associates will be getting a lot bigger. Right now, the optometrists there share four exam rooms. The number of exam rooms will be increased to 10 so that each doctor has two.

An employee parking lot will be constructed on the south side of the new addition to the building. That will create more convenient patient parking on the north side of the original building, which will get a bit of a facelift. The last update to that building was in 1985.

When the tornado struck, a building owned by the optometrists on the north side of the property was destroyed. Instead of building a new structure, they decided to install a new electronic sign with a green space and colorful garden.

This is exactly what we need to see more of in Joplin.

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