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T Squared owner, April Tatur, celebrated the 
First Anniversary with a Grand Opening in 2009

Mesabi Daily News

T Squared owner celebrates grand opening

Downtown Virginia landmark, Tini Square, being renovated to attract tenant businesses

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, October 19, 2009 12:06 AM CDT

VIRGINIA — The year since April Tatur bought the Tini Square has gone by very quickly.

That’s understandable. The Iron Range native is having fun bringing back a touch of elegance to the Chestnut Street landmark she renamed T Squared.

“It’s my hobby,’’ she said last Friday during a grand opening and ribbon cutting to mark the anniversary of the purchase and to show the public the changes in the building.

Now she will focus on attracting tenants to the building she calls “A Timeless Treasure.’’ Tatur will keep the main floor devoted to retail ventures. Here are the types of business she is interested in having there:

• Dental offices (with equipment)

• Chiropractor

• Massage therapist

• Natural health care professionals

• Legal professionals

• Shoe shine

• Watch/shoe/luggage repair

• Hobbyist/work studio

• Nutritionist

• Faux painter, seamstress, upholsterer (for the building’s continued remodeling needs)

• Accessories and jewelry

• Men’s clothing

• General office space

The first year she concentrated on beginning the renovation. “Next year it will be getting people to realize the direction I’m going,’’ she said in an interview in the lobby, where classic furniture and a large picture of the building under construction sets the tone. “I’ve committed my lifelong project to it. That’s healthy for the whole building. It’s a challenge for someone who is into design and decor.’’

She is especially proud of the restoration of the bathrooms. The women’s restroom on the first floor features an 11-step paint process, with pink walls decorated in embossing and faux jewels. Chandeliers complete the look, adding a “nice, elegant, high-end feel,’’ Tatur said.

“I think it’s always been a building of class and professionalism,’’ she said, noting that it was the late Vincent Tini’s vision to create a mini-mall in the Queen City’s downtown.

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