Community rallies behind Milford business after fire

MILFORD, Del. – A local business in Milford is figuring out how to rebuild after a fire destroyed their store, Tuesday night. But the community is already stepping up to help in a big way.

“It’s all gone. Everything we owned that’s business related is gone,” says Donald Vaughn, one of the owner’s of Not Too Shabby.

“They sell antiques, do it yourself kind of stuff. They also have a flower shop located there. It’s their livelihood,” says Trish Gerken, the executive director of Downtown Milford Incorporated.

The fire caused $80,000 worth of damage. Some of the items that were burned were set to be donated this winter season.

“There are a lot of less fortunate people than us in the community and we had been collecting blankets and gloves and hats and stuff like that for the less fortunate. And it’s kind of sad that we lost that stuff as well,” says Vaughn.

But the owners tell 47 ABC they were almost immediately met with kindness from their community. “It has been unparalleled. I don’t know how we could possibly deserve the outpouring of people and phone calls and texts and it’s just been incredible,” says Vaughn.

The non-profit Downtown Milford Incorporated says businesses like Not Too Shabby are the backbones of small towns. “For every one dollar spent at a local business, 67 cents goes back into the community,” says Gerken.

So they’ve joined forces to help organize a Go Fund Me as well as an event to help them recover.

“People are donating money, donating goods, raffle items to help generate revenue so Don and William can get back on their feet,” says Gerken.

The owners say they are already feeling hopeful for the future. “We hope to find a spot in Milford that we can call home again in regards to our business,” says Vaughn.

Meanwhile, locals have no doubt that Not Too Shabby will be back open for business very soon. “Their brick and mortar place, it will be to be determined where they will be. But we are confident that they will survive this,” says Gerken.

Despite this tragedy, the business owners tell 47 ABC they are counting their blessings because things could’ve been much worse.

The Delaware State Fire Marshall is still working to figure out exactly what caused the fire.

There will be a Christmas Emporium event on Saturday, December 7th to help the store owners. The event is at Abbott‘s Mill in Milford from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also find the Go Fund Me Page: here.

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