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Jeweler ravaged by fire reopens in Fostoria

The new Kaminski and Son Jewelers The new Kaminski and Son Jewelers
On a cold February night, Kaminski's business and four others were destroyed by a spectaular fire that lit up the streets of downtown Fostoria. On a cold February night, Kaminski's business and four others were destroyed by a spectaular fire that lit up the streets of downtown Fostoria.

Report by Dick Berry - email

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FOSTORIA (WTOL) - A sixty-year-old Fostoria jewelry store is back in business after being burned out of business.

Earlier this year, fire wiped out Kaminsky and Son Jewelers, but not their dreams of re-opening.

This day couldn't come any sooner for Alan Kaminsky. His family-run jewelry store has finally re-opened in a new location after being closed for five months. "You get into that routine for so many years, and it's taken away from you... just kind of odd. That's probably the toughest part," he tells us.

It has been a tough five months for Kaminsky.

On a cold February night, his business and four others were destroyed by a spectaular fire that lit up the streets of downtown Fostoria.

The jewelry store has risen from the ashes. Kaminsky explains, "We saved our inventory the night of the fire, and this location we opened up in is convenient. It worked out."

The new store is across the street from the old location. Most important to customers is that Kaminsky and Son Jewelers remained loyal to downtown Fostoria. "We like to keep it in our town, and they're a great jeweler... always there to help you," Customer Sue Weidner says.

Another customer, Rebecca Crawmer, told News 11, "It means another viable business in our downtown area. It's so important in small communities to be able to do that in today's world."

The site of the fire is now a vacant lot.

Five people own the land. They haven't announced what they plan to do with it. "I don't have the jurisdiction or power to say 'You can do this, or do that', Mayor John Davoli says, "We have to work with them. I think if they market it as one piece, it will be easier to get someone in there on that site."

In the meantime, Kaminsky is planning a re-opening sale at his new site.

Fostoria is nicknamed "Train City U.S.A." Mayor Davoli tells me he wouldn't mind seeing a train museum and retail go into that vacant lot. He believes the museum would be a perfect tie-in with a nearby railroad park scheduled to open next year.

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