When Carrie Vondrus thought about opening up her dream business she knew right where to look.
"There's no place like
Her vintage clothing shop, Endless Indulgence, has been open for a little over a year. Vondrus says the historic downtown district was the perfect place for her throw back boutique.
“It's historical, it's got so much flavor,” said Vondrus. “All the visitors that we have come from other states other countries, it’s absolutely amazing. It just has a great flavor to it."
Call it flavor or call it charm,
The city council voted Tuesday to adopt an ordinance that puts owners of historic properties under greater scrutiny if they allow their buildings to fall apart. The new law allows the city landmarks commission or the city building official to investigate potentially neglected historical sites.
The city's objective is to see the buildings and businesses be successful, so rather than just fining properties that fall below what's acceptable, they want to work together to find a solution.
"We see ourselves as partners,” said
For now, it feels like the right way for Carrie Vondrus. She says any step to preserve the history is the right direction for
"There's history that Al Capone stayed here just up the street,” said Vondrus. “There are fabulous tunnels running under the street from prohibition time, the opium dens, all the history…you don't want to lose that."