Kelley lost her dance studio, which operated from
"I'm getting there. I will find another place," Kelley said.
Kelley prefers to stay in
"I don't want to go anyplace else," said Hourihan, owner of Metro Pets, another of the businesses destroyed in Monday's blaze. "(Natick Center) gives me a place and a community. I want to be with my people."
Some know what Kelley and Hourihan are going through, because the circumstances are eerily similar.
An overnight fire on
* Ten businesses destroyed in
1. Hire an accountant
Barish owns Wicked Chronic, a boutique-style shop that sells counter-culture products, including cannabis accessories. Now on
He says to hire an accountant to help get the maximum payout from insurance companies when filing damage claims.
"(Accountants) work for us. (Insurance companies) don't want to give you money," Barish said.
"It's like déj... vu," said Cabral. Five months after the fire in
* A year later:
2. Take the moment to re-evaluate
Fiore suggested that
Honest answers, Fiore said, should clarify a path forward.
Barish agrees business owners should assess their desire to keep going. If the decision is to march ahead then they should start looking for a new location right away. He said one of the focuses could be creating a deal with a temporary space that leaves the open the door for moving back to the original location of the business after the area is rebuilt.
3. Make connections with those in power
Barish also recommends reaching out to state lawmakers who represent
* PHOTOS: 8-alarm fire destroys businesses in
On Friday, some business owners met with state Rep.
"They were very proactive taking up our cause, and trying to take care of us," said Hourihan.
4. Create a community of those affected
Barish had one other piece of advice: Form a private Facebook page so businesses can share information, such as contacts for accountants.
"That's a wonderful idea," Kelley said. "We're all in the same boat, and when someone is hurting, we can rally for them."
* Tears and determination: Fire in
5. Think positive and keep the energy up
The bottom line for Cabaral was to think positive, no matter how difficult the circumstances
"Everything will fall into place," she said. "Before, we rented. Now we have a lease to buy, and a bigger spot. In the long run, we came out better."
Hourihan is a believer in thinking positive. She spends part of every day since Monday's fire talking with friends about the positive energy in
She and others channeled those positive vibes to erect an artistic banner Thursday on the Natick Common, right across from her burned-down business. It says, "We Burn Brighter."
"If we can take this energy and make something beautiful out of it, then why not?" Hourihan asked.
Kelley also prefers to keep Monday's fire in perspective.
"Horrific event" is how she describes it, not a tragedy.
A real tragedy, she said, occurred when a drunk driver killed her brother,
"My dance studio was in the same spot for 35 years, and I still live in
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