Georgetown honors new businesses one year after Front Street fire

Published: Sep. 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT
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GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown Business Association honored 18 businesses that have opened their doors in the historic district one year after a massive fire ripped through Front Street, destroying seven buildings.

The anniversary of the fire ceremony will acknowledge 18 reopened and new businesses in the historic district at Thursday night's Music in Park at Francis Marion Park. The ceremony began at 6 p.m.

On September 25, 2013

, destroying seven buildings and closing eight businesses. No one was injured in the blaze.

Georgetown held an event on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the fire that destroyed seven buildings. There's still a gap left from where the fire destroyed some buildings that had been here for more than a century.

The Georgetown Business Association put on the ceremony and said that seven of the nine business destroyed or damaged in the fire have already reopened.

The former president of the GBA said Georgetown has become stronger not just financially but emotionally.

"I think the folks are more unified," said Brian Tucker on Thursday."I think they're more close knit. I think you could not ask for a better emotion connection between everybody than what we have right now."

Since the fire, the community has pulled together to raise $210,000 for the victims who lived in, worked in, or owned the buildings.

The following businesses will be acknowledged during Thursday's ceremony: Clocktower Books, Atlantic House Restaurant, Rice Birds, Tucks General Store, Doodlebugs, 700 Modern Grill & Bar, Buzz's Roost, Coastal Carolina University, Waterfront Books, Gullah Museum, 5 Rivers Tavern & Grille, Colonial Florist, Boardwalk Boutique, Georgetown County Museum, The Harbor Shop, Creative Canvas, DNewks Southern Artisan Co-op, Karen's Hair & Massage.

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