Early morning on November 30th, 2022, the Lewiston, N.Y., building where my friend, Barbara Tremblay, rented a store went up in a fierce blaze of fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It is suspected that a loose overhead power cable might be the cause. Barbara did not have insurance for fire. Like many sole proprietors of a small business her income depended on the purchasing power of her loyal customers. Barbara’s clothing store, the SoullyCreated Boutique, had been a feature of Lewiston at 744 Center Street for 20 years. Her bold and swanky fashion inventory drew in the fun-loving and the young at heart. SoullyCreated featured in the Lewiston small business community during festivals and holiday specials. Now all is gone. The inventory, racks, shelves, mannequins, all.
Barbara is 69 and lives on her own. She is a hard worker, a mom and a grandma too. She raised her daughter by herself while managing to live on her small business income. It was a lot of work and struggle, trial and tribulation all along. Now the source of income was taken by the fire, the bills keep coming, and the debt is mounting.
She is recovering from the initial shock and counts her losses. And as if that was not enough, she was struck by a tragedy on December 7th. Her beloved baby brother died suddenly.
As a last resort in trying to recover some of the inventory cost purchased on a bank loan, we are turning to the kindness of strangers for help. Please help Barb recover from the devastating fire if you can. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
If you would like to contact Barb, here is her email: [email redacted]
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