Volunteers spruce up storefront

FAIRMONT – People stopped and watched as the crew of six scraped and rolled beige paint all over the store front at 107 W. First St. in Fairmont after lunch hour Thursday.

Denise Rouse was one of the crowd but her interest was more than just curiosity. Rouse and her husband, Jeff, put the whole process in motion.

Rouse, who owns Giddy Up and Hollywood Babe boutiques across the street, noticed the windows at the old print shop/book store were broken. Knowing it was a safety hazard, Rouse contacted the owners and got permission to board up the windows with plywood.

After she and Jeff put the boards up Sunday, they got another idea.

“We figured if we painted over the plywood, it would look nicer,” she said.

She contacted Ron Whitmore of Whitmore’s Painting & More to see if he had some leftover paint so the Rouses could do it themselves.

Instead, Whitmore volunteered his crew to do the job.

“We’re very grateful to him,” said Rouse, adding it would have taken her and her husband much longer without all the equipment and skills the crew has.

Fairmont City Councilman Terry Anderson also stopped by for a look Thursday. He used to own the building just to the west and said the building at 107 has been deteriorating for a while.

“I think it looks great,” Anderson said. “This is what community is all about. Real good example.”