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Small businesses cope with Findlay flooding

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Garden Central of Findlay moved their poinsettias to the FiYa Studios Pop Up Gallery to escape the flood waters in Findlay. Courtesy of Kristen Dukat Garden Central of Findlay moved their poinsettias to the FiYa Studios Pop Up Gallery to escape the flood waters in Findlay. Courtesy of Kristen Dukat
Rising water on Main Street in Findlay threatens small businesses. Photo courtesy of Kristen Dukat Rising water on Main Street in Findlay threatens small businesses. Photo courtesy of Kristen Dukat

With rising waters pouring onto parts of Main Street in downtown Findlay, mayor Lydia Mihalak says staying home is a good idea.

That could be a big blow many local small businesses counting on last-minute holiday shoppers.

Kristen Dukat from FiYa Studios Pop Up Gallery, a crowd-funded art gallery focusing on local artists, says she chose Main Street in downtown Findlay as a location because she wanted to help the business district recover from the last round of devastating flooding. "We wanted to try and focus on the area devastated by the flood and as irony would have it, we now have another flood."

Kristen says the flooding as slowed business and that another nearby flower shop had to evacuate and move their business into the building with the gallery.

Andy Boehnlein from Garden Central of Findlay said, "We were supposed to be open til Christmas. With the flooding, we had to do "project poinsettia" and move all of our leftover poinsettias down here. Cleared out all the wreaths and grave blankets. They have been nice enough to let us stay here; keep open a little while longer."

When the building's owner renovated after the 2007 flood, he raised the floors 3 feet, so flooding isn't as big a concern at the art gallery.

Dukat hopes shoppers will find safe routes around the blocked road and reminds people they can still access the store from the north end of town.

The FiYa Pop Up Art Gallery (and Garden Central of Findlay) is located at 210 N. Main Street inFindlay and will be open:

Monday 12/24 11 a.m.  to 7 p.m.

Tuesday 12/24 9  a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closed Wednesday 12/25 and Thursday 12/26

Friday 12/27 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday (last day) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can learn more at their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fiyastudios

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