Owner of Tipp City business thankful for support following fire

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TIPP CITY, Ohio(WDTN)- The owner at Living Simply Soap in Tipp City is thanking the community for it’s support after a kitchen fire early Tuesday morning shut down the business.

Owner Tanya Brown said the fire was her worst nightmare. She said she’d often driven by her shop at night in the past to make sure it was okay. Operating out of her downtown location for the last eight years, she told 2 News it’s been the perfect place for her.

Brown said she and her team are just starting to get over the emotional shock the fire left behind. 

“It still comes in waves but now we’re just really trying to focus on rebuilding, moving forward and sticking together,” Brown said.

The Tipp City community is right there with them. A number of efforts are underway to get Brown’s shop open again. 

The Tipp City Chamber of Commerce hosted a supply drive for a limited number of hours on Friday. They collected paper towels, dish soap and other supplies to get Brown started with manufacturing again. Several downtown business have also put donation jars in place for customers to give to Living Simply Soap as well.

“She is part of the chamber and a vital part of our downtown. We want to make sure we keep doing the best that we can to help her,” Liz Sonnanstine, Exdcutive Director of the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce said.

“People are eager to help so I was happy to be able to offer this opportunity to open my space up as a collection site,” Sonnanstine said.

Brown said all the support is overwhelming but welcome.

“It has lifted us, it has driven us to get back at it and come back,” Brown said.

That support will help get brown through the next five or six months until she can re-open.

“You can’t give up and roll over. You got to just get up and keep going,” Brown said.

Brown bought a second location in November to allow her to manufacture on a larger scale. She said she would keep making products there so her business will not come to a complete halt. She said she is still working on coming up with a plan for sales. 

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