Shops reborn from NC fire ashes |

Shops reborn from NC fire ashes

Eileen JoyceLeea Davis stands in the back doorway of the Earth Store Thursday. She lost her storage room and bathroom in the old Elks' Lodge fire March 20.
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Two shops closed by the March 20 fire in Nevada City are reopening.

The Earth Store, 310 Broad St., opens today at 10 a.m.

Herb Shop Records is opening Wednesday at 10 a.m. The shop is having a “Resurrection Celebration” from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. with local bands.

The Earth Store, which sells science and nature gifts, suffered smoke and water damage from the March 20 blaze and required repainting and new carpeting.

“I’m very anxious to be back to work,” said owner Leea Davis, who started the business in September 1999. “I’m ready for summer, ready for summer crowds and a good business. It’s a lot more fun than sitting at home.”

Herb Shop Records is reopening in a 580-square-foot location at 1151/2 So. Pine St. The record shop was previously housed within the Herb Shop, 107 N. Pine St., until the old Elks Lodge building where the businesses were located was destroyed in the fire.

The Herb Shop and Friar Tuck’s plan to reopen in their longtime North Pine Street locations when the structure is rebuilt.

Record shop owner Lovie Bucknell said townspeople have been helpful in getting the business started again.

“The help from the community is what’s getting us going,” she said.

Bucknell said she left for San Francisco for 10 days after the fire and took dance classes. But calls from Nevada City musician friends summoned her back.

Some of them are helping her pick out new music and set up shop, as well as play at a fund-raiser for the shop May 10 at Cooper’s.

The fire destroyed most of Bucknell’s 200 personal records that she had collected in the last 15 years, along with the store’s inventory of compact discs, several thousand vinyl records and art works. She has owned the store since October 1999.

“It definitely broke my heart,” Bucknell said. “All my favorite music was there.”

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