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January 17, 2013

Burned business has new home

Fire struck B and D Needful Things in December

ANDERSON, Ind. — After a fire gutted their store, the owners of B and D Needful Things have found a new home.

Dianna Hendricks, who co-owns the store with husband Barry, said they’ll reopen Feb. 11 at 610 S. Scatterfield Road, next to Gene’s Root Beer.

“This is really a blessing,” Dianna said. “We kind of feel like God led us here.”

The Hendrickses opened the business in 2011 at 2209 E. 10th St., selling used furniture, antiques and other collectibles.

In December, a fire destroyed most of the Hendrickses’ inventory and forced them to close the shop.

“We lost everything in the fire,” Dianna said. “So we don’t have anything.”

She said they’ve been working to restock.

The new store is a bit smaller than their old one and will need some remodeling. That could include new carpets and knocking down a few walls.

Dianna also said they’re looking at using the parking lot to add an outdoor flea market.

“It’s not really set up, yet,” she said. “We just hope we get everything done in time. There’s so much to do.”

Since the store is smaller, she said, there likely won’t be room for the 17 vendors who shared the old building. But Ernie’s Pet Food Pantry will move into an adjacent space.

“We all really wanted to stick together,” said Ernie’s founder Jan Smith.

Dianna Hendricks said they’re making plans for a Feb. 14 grand opening of the new store.

In the meantime, friends of B and D’s are trying to help the Hendrickses hit the ground running.

Bob Burns, of Burns Auction Gallery, and other supporters have organized a benefit auction for 6 p.m. Monday at the auction gallery, 827 E. 53rd St.

Dianna said some local businesses and individuals have donated gift cards, merchandise and money to the auction.

She said you can donate “anything they’re willing to give,” by contacting her. Burns or Ernie’s Heart.

Find Baylee Pulliam on Facebook, on Twitter @BayleeNPulliam or call 648-4250.

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