Hicks said Adil Baguirov, the owner of the Emporium building that houses Salar, said it may take up to three months before the impacted business can pass required inspections and reopen.
The community has been fast to offer support to those impacted.
Hicks said the owners of several other barber shops have offered him space to work.
A bingo fundraiser is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 8 at Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St., to support about 35 Salar employees impacted by the fire.
An ongoing GoFundMe fundraiser has collected more than $6,000.
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Ulrike Massey, owner of Spice Paradise, said nearly her entire supply of spices will need to be thrown out due to the smoke damage.
“There is no power. There is no heat. It was not the fire damage. It is the smoke,” she said. “They are spices, and it (smoke) changes the integrity of the spice.”
Ulrike Massey in her store Spice Paradise, 8 Brown St. in the Oregon District, started under the Activated Spaces Pop-Up project. JIM WITMER/STAFF
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Massey said she received a call about the fire Friday at 6:25 a.m. from 416 Diner owner Guy Fragmin, who lives above his restaurant at 416 E. Fifth St. next to Salar.
She made it to the Oregon District from her home in Oakwood at about 6:45 a.m.
“There was smoke billowing everywhere,” she said. “It was surreal.”
Massey said the Oregon District is a close-knit community and she loves having her business there.
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“This is my dream and things were going quite nicely,” she said. “We’ve been here over four years. People know where we are.”
Spice Paradise supplies products to a list of local businesses that includes Salar, Lily’s Bistro, Dorothy Lane Market, Whole Foods Market, Canal Street Arcade and Deli, Keener Farm Butcher Block and Tom’s Market in Yellow Springs.
Massey said she is working with the Downtown Dayton Partnership to find a temporary location.
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Several of the other impacted businesses, among them Addison Home Health Services, The Scenery and Canary Consulting, have found temporary locations, she said.
Like Massey, Hicks said he plans to return.
“I have a lot of investment here. I just renewed my lease,” he said. “I am happy with my home here.”
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