Two weeks ago Portlanders watched the aftermath of a massive natural gas explosion in the heart of northwest Portland, lives were disrupted, several businesses were destroyed, and others badly damaged.
On Thursday, one of those businesses, Blush Beauty Bar turned over the open sign.
"This is a sign that we are moving forward," Blush Beauty Bar owner Deborah Haynes said.
The shop sits across the street from the epicenter of October's explosion near NW 23rd and Glisan.
The blast was so powerful Haynes says the window frames are warped, and beams in the floor shifted.
Since that October morning, Haynes says the rebuilding has been one day at a time.
"I just kind of told myself every day, it is a new day, because everyday there were new discoveries." Haynes said. "You would find other things broken, other things damaged, I found glass in places you never knew you could find glass in."
Haynes adds, this grand re-opening was also in question.
"At 6:00 a.m., I was dealing with electrical issues and different things going on and I was just very committed to opening today."
Customers say they are glad to see the shop back open. Many stopped in to say they are standing with their community, even when they are faced with the toughest of times.
"I would walk by here on the way to work every morning and just seeing it closed always broke my heart," shopper Marisa Utlan said.
"I've been getting lots of hugs, and lots of really great words," Haynes said. "It has been tough, it hasn't been easy."
Blush Beauty Bar will be open for it's regular hours through the holidays. Haynes says there may be a few days in January where they need to close for additional building repairs.
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