Laurie McGuire purchased the 17th Block of buildings located at East Market Street right before the recession in 2008. Unable to find financial assistance, she wasn't able to complete renovations until the fall of 2014. During that period, the properties were targeted by some to being an eyesore and were being deemed unsafe structures in the local media. Laurie has now renovated the entire block of buildings and since the Fall of 2014, is 100% occupied with five tenants including Southern Vintage Boutique, The Broken Brush, Salon Blush, Riff Raff Furniture, and Sweet Home Vapor Company, creating 12 new jobs in that block. Spirit of Athens awarded Laurie two facade grants ($2,000) and facilitated a no interest loan for $5,000 for facade improvements.