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Minifigs, Bricks and More co-owner Anthony Bearden stands with La Di Da co-owners Brittany Foster, center, and Sharon Ballard near their storefronts. The two stores are now open on the Locust Street side of the Square after a 2017 fire left neighboring buildings vacant for more than a year.

Downtown Denton’s businesses are back and rebounding after a fire in December 2017 forced three shops to close.

Now Minifigs, Bricks and More and La Di Da are up and running on Locust Street, filling out the east side of the Square surrounding the still-vacant lot where the Downtown Mini Mall burned down.

Minifigs opened last month in the space once occupied by Shop the Barn, having taken over the lease after the fire. Previously located inside of Golden Triangle Mall, Minifigs, Bricks and More is a Lego resale shop owned by Melodie and Anthony Bearden.

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A closer look at some items sold at Minifigs, Bricks and More.

While work on the birthday party room is still underway, the retail store is up and running. With a more prominent location with foot traffic, Anthony Bearden said they’ve already seen a new and more diverse clientele.

“It’s going great and we love it,” he said. “There’s definitely people who have never heard of us before coming in now, so it’s good.”

La Di Da quietly opened at the end of June, just leaving the doors open to see who would come by. Soon, they were flooded with customers excited for the boutique’s return, said Brittany Foster, La Di Da co-owner.

“We planned to just be up there and putting inventory out while we had the door open, but with the amount of people coming in and seeing we were open, it turned out bigger and really awesome,” she said. “We didn’t expect to be as busy as we were.”

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Sharon Ballard, left and Brittany Foster, are co-owners of La Di Da.

The new La Di Da features some old customer favorites, and is still honoring gift cards and store credit from before the fire until Monday, July 15. There’s a new focus on heavily featuring women-owned and women-run businesses, especially ones that are harder to find. New lines include a T-shirt company called Ruby’s Rubbish from Aubrey and a handmade jewelry line, Julio Designs, from Frisco.

“With the social climate right now, I just really wanted to empower women,” Foster said. “I just had a daughter in November, and I’m really excited for her to grow up in a society that values women in commerce and women in the workplace.”

La Di Da will host a grand opening Saturday, July 13, all day with cheese boards from Ten:One Artisan Cheese, wine samples and special sales in the store.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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