Project underway

Brent Dunagan, foreground, Randy Brazil, middle, and Brazil’s wife, Carolyn, watched as the old Quick Shop, owned by Tom Plett, was razed. The Dunagans and Brazils plan to use the open space as a community gathering location with more space for “The Igloo,” having food trucks available and possibly even having a farmer’s market on Saturdays in the summer. The Dunagans and Brazils bought the land from the Ray and Betty Funk Trust. Patty Decker / Free Press
Brent Dunagan, foreground, Randy Brazil, middle, and Brazil’s wife, Carolyn, watched as the old Quick Shop, owned by Tom Plett, was razed. The Dunagans and Brazils plan to use the open space as a community gathering location with more space for “The Igloo,” having food trucks available and possibly even having a farmer’s market on Saturdays in the summer. The Dunagans and Brazils bought the land from the Ray and Betty Funk Trust. Patty Decker / Free Press

Two Hillsboro couples hired someone to raze the old Quick Shop and the Emprise Bank ATM machine in the 800 block of East D Street on Monday.

In addition to razing those two structures, one of the owners, Randy Brazil, said they are keeping the yellow building, formerly occupied by Lauryn Unruh, and her business, Shear Ambitions.

“And, the Igloo, (owned by another family), will be staying,” he said. “We purchased this land, and right now we are just improving the lots.”

Future plans remain in limbo, said Carolyn Brazil, but the store, “Diamond in the Rough,” will continue to be located downtown.

The founder and partners of Diamond in the Rough include Brent and Andrea Dunagan, and the Brazils.

Randy Brazil said the idea is that once the old building and ATM are gone, the next step is to clean up the lots.

Both couples are envisioning a large enough area to support some food trucks and promote a community gathering, Brent Dunagan said.

By removing the ATM machine and the old Quick Shop structure, it will give “The Igloo” more space, too, he said.

Randy Brazil said that while watching the Quick Shop building being demolished, it brought back memories.

“I attended Tabor College, and I can remember walking over (to the Quick Shop) to call my dad on the pay phone every Sunday,” he said.

Carolyn Brazil said they kept the old pay phone.

“When we pulled it out of the building, it weighed at least 100 pounds,” Randy Brazil said.

The former Quick Shop was demolished Monday afternoon with clean up to begin soon to make way for a place for people to congregate, along with other ideas for the summer months.
The former Quick Shop was demolished Monday afternoon with clean up to begin soon to make way for a place for people to congregate, along with other ideas for the summer months.
Prior to Tom Plett owning the Quick Shop, it was originally built in the 1950s as a Texaco Gas Station.

Another idea Carolyn Brazil said, would be having a farmer’s market on Saturdays.

“It could be a great place (for people) to get together,” she said.

Randy Brazil said: “We are making city improvements (for everyone).”

Diamond in the Rough is at 119 N. Main St., Hillsboro and offers customers the opportunity to creat unique “treasures” for their home and garden and from salvaged and vintage places, Brent Dunagan said.

For more information about the downtown store or the project on East D Street, call 316-641-2829.