Mt. Airy liquor store back in business

Two weeks after a motorist took out some of the store’s front windows, Mount Airy’s Wine & Spirits Shop is open again for business. Operations resumed at the State Store at 7204 Germantown Ave. on Saturday.

“We opened in an effort to return services for our customers in the neighborhood,” said Stacy Kriedeman, deputy director of external affairs with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The missing glass, however, has yet to be replaced. Boards currently cover the broken panes.

Kriedeman said repairs are the responsibility of the building’s owners, Gregory and Susan Bushu of Bushu Associates, Inc. in Erdenheim in Montgomery County, according to city records. Calls to Bushu Associates seeking comment were not immediately returned.

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A sign posted by the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections on the store’s front door the same day as the accident gives a 30-day repair deadline.

The backstory

At around 3 a.m. on Jan. 12, a 1999 gray Lexus RX300 crashed into the store, according to police. The driver, identified as Dovita Douglas, was seen driving erratically near the intersection of West Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Lincoln Drive.

Douglas, 28, fled following the crash, but was arrested on the 500 block of Hortter Street. She was charged with driving under the influence and recklessly endangering another person.

A status hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.

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