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"I'm very appreciative. I wish I could think of some way to thank them," said Dolores Francis

Dolores Francis owned 'Dee's Variety & Crafts for 35 years in Prophetstown.  That all changed when fire ripped through the plaza  destroying not only her store, but her home.

"When you lose something like 8 buildings to that fire this summer you really see the good in everybody," said Beans & Burlap Co-Owner Pam Plautz.

And that good shifted to the owners of Beans & Burlap--a coffee and gift shop.  The owners say because it was so painful to watch Francis lose everything, they decided to let her set up shop in their store and sell her ornaments.

"We have so much love and respect for this woman and the talent that she has. And we didn't want to see that go," said Plautz. "She's a staple to our town. We just want to keep her around."

Now--being given a second chance at entrepreneurship, an emotional Francis says she's thankful.

"It's great. It really is great. It's very nice," said Dolores Francis. "I'm in business. I guess I'm still in business. Long as my eyes hold out and my hand holds out.  With the mainstream ornaments, I think I'm going to be plenty busy. I've already got six orders right here."

And those orders just keep coming in.

"So I plan on her making ornaments for all family members of our old farm and now the new farm," said Nancy Plautz.

"I have probably sold 25 to 30 ornaments in the past week. People will come in and say I need to buy 15 ornaments,"said Beans & Burlap Co-Owner Kellie Larrabee.  "It's this opportunity for people to let Dolores know how grateful we are for everything she's done for the community."