Local business owner pours time, money into fixing up Thorntown

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A local business owner is going above and beyond to make her community a destination in Central Indiana.

Karen Wright owns a frame shop on Main Street in Thorntown. The small Boone County town, population 1,500, took a hit during the recession and went through some tough times.

“Small towns have always been fragile,” Wright said.

Instead of giving up, Wright decided to pitch in. She’s spent her own time and money helping to spruce up the downtown area and bringing in new business.

“This is home. This is where our roots are,” Wright said.

Enter the Sugar Creek Art Center. It’s a project Wright spear-headed back in 2005, renovating an old garment factory into a three-floor gallery and studio space for artists.

“This year has been phenomenal for me,” said artist Mary McCartney-Jones.

McCartney-Jones rents studio space in the art center.

Town Council President Larry Truitt knows Thorntown better than anyone and hopes Wright’s and other community members’ efforts will truly turn things around.

“We need to get people aware of what’s going on,” Truitt said.

Wright hopes to finish her latest project, an abandoned gas station she bought to fix up and lease, soon.