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Many changes are coming to downtown Eudora.  Several businesses have moved in or are moving to different locations.

Eudora has seen two new businesses open up over the summer months. Indie Olive, a personalized stationary and greeting card company has opened up at 706 Main Street.  Next door to them, Red Door Event has opened up at 704 Main in what previously was Penny Annie’s Candy Shoppe.  Red Door Event specializes in event and Wedding Production. They also feature floral and interior decor.

Also, another business is giving it a second go of it in downtown. The Filling Station, operated by Anita Mitts has once again opened up shop. The business started up in late 2011 and shutdown in April 2012.  The Filling Station is located at 726 1/2 Main where Free State Guns and Tactical Weapons was located.

While not officially a change in business, ownership of the old Masonic building has changed hands. Joe and Susan Pelzel bought the Masonic building at 726 Main (next door to the Filling Station). The building is the home for the Black Cat Cafe downtown. Joe Pelzel told us that he intends to have the Black Cat Cafe stay as a tenant for the foreseeable future.

“This is a long term project,” Pelzel said. “Our thoughts are to turn the upstairs portion into either office space or lofts. There is a lot of work to be done on the building so we don’t have an exact time table as of now, but we intend Black Cat to stay right where they are.”

(Editor’s Note:  Joe Pelzel is a photojournalist for

There are some moves coming as well.  Hair Nail and Tanning will be moving out of their location at 800 Main Street (the Old Pyle Meat Company) and heading over to 924 Locust, right behind the old Mexiquisto’s/Annabelle’s building.  According to their Facebook page, they are downsizing the business with the move. While they will continue to hair and nails, tanning will not be available in the new smaller location.

800 Main won’t be empty for very long. Moving into the building will be Cami’s Cake Company. The business which opened up at 724 Main in early 2011, will be taking over the space come November 1.

“We have some work to do to get ready,” owner Cami SanRomani said, “but we hope to be up and running very soon after (the move).”

SanRomani also announced via Facebook, that she plans on being able to take more orders, be open more regularly and eventually have coffee and pastries available on a daily basis.

“We are planning on getting a Kickstarter ready to fund the coffee shop portion. We need funding for equipment, staff, etc.,” SanRomani told us.  Kickstarter is a crowd funding campaign where interested people invest in projects, ideas and businesses.

While we haven’t had the opportunity yet to check out all the details, we have received reports that a place called “Grandma’s Kitchen” will also be opening on the other side of the street at 727 Main Street. We hope to learn more details of this business soon as well.

With all the business moves going on and the addition of the Eudora Area Historical Society Museum to downtown as well, it looks like the scene in downtown Eudora may be very different by Christmas time. We plan on trying to feature many of these businesses very soon and show off the changing face of downtown Eudora.

With all the new businesses popping up or moving that are centered around wedding planning, could Eudora become the wedding planning capital of east central Kansas?….hmmmm……

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