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Merchants moving downtown

November 5, 2009

Downtown Eudora could get a bit of a boost as two businesses look to open by the end of the year.

Citing Madame Hatter’s tea Room as inspiration, Sissy Weber will open the special occasion boutique Nancy Jane’s.

Weber has worked for Dobski & Associates in Lawrence for about 25 years and currently is its office manager. She has been readying the space at 724 Main St., formerly occupied by Coffee Talk, for about a month and hopes to be open in about two weeks.

Nancy Jane’s, which is named after Weber’s mother, will be available only by appointment for little girl’s dress-up birthday parties, holiday parties, bridal showers, baby showers and other special events.

Weber will cater the events, as well.

“I’ve always enjoyed planning parties and cooking for them, and my mom catered for years,” Weber said.

Weber said she would like to eventually be open full-time, but that depended on how successful the business was.

“It depends on what kind of response I get from the community and the area,” she said.

She also hopes to take advantage of the impending spike in traffic that likely will come with the Interstate 70 interchange at Tonganoxie.

“I wanted to get in here now, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity,” Weber said.

For information on Nancy Jane’s, call (785) 218-1944.

There also have been reports that Jim Morey, of Lawrence, might open Black Cat Bistro early in 2010 in the building at 726 Main St., which was vacated by Cutter’s.

Morey was not available for comment.

The two businesses could begin to fill the void left after, Curves, Cutter’s Smokehouse, Coffee Talk and Madame Hatter’s Tea Room vacated Eudora, leaving empty buildings on Main Street.

In July, attorney Amy Durkin moved into the building at 702 Main St.

And despite the new businesses, four buildings still will sit vacant on Main Street between Ninth and Seventh streets.

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