It could be weeks before some businesses in the Old Market can reopen.
“I feel sometimes I’m throwing a pity party or whatever, but it really did affect a lot of people,” said Cindy Hoover.
The smoke may have cleared, but uncertainty still lingers in the Old Market.
“It drives you nuts because you want to be open and you want to know what’s going on,” said Hoover.
Her dining room now doubles as a place to store her boutique’s inventory. Hoover has owned All About Me in the Old Market for almost six years.
“I mean what better location to be across from M’s and Nouvelle Eve,” said Hoover.
Hoover’s location directly across from M’s Pub seemed priceless, that was until the fire.
“The clothing and handbags and all that, well they smell like a camp fire,” said Hoover.
All About Me remains closed until further notice.
“I’m going on week two,” said Hoover.
Hoover is still in limbo when it comes to insurance and the condition of the clothing in her store.
“I keep telling people I will be open,” said Hoover.
Hoover just doesn’t have the answer for when that will be.
Unlike Hoover, the waiting game is over for others in the Old Market.
“Everything has been normal since the fire, expect for the car situation,” said Travis Owens.
After the fire no one was allowed into the parking garage under Jams next to M’s Pub.
“We just got a couple of rental cars and made do with that,” said Owens.
After almost two weeks, drivers were excited to get back behind the wheel of their own cars.
“It was pretty open ended until yesterday when they official gave us an exact time,” said Owens.
Owners had from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday to remove their cars.