Nancy Reeves, who was instrumental in helping launch the revitalization of Midway's Railroad Street, died Wednesday in Naples, Fla. She was 78.
In the early 1970s, she and her husband, Forest, in partnership with Lexington attorney Herb Sledd and his wife, Carolyn, bought four buildings on Railroad Street and renovated them.
"That was the beginning of the turnaround of Railroad Street," said Sammy Cundiff, who with friends opened an art gallery, The Twig, in one of the buildings. "A lot of us opened shops there and had a wonderful time."
Nancy Reeves and Carolyn Sledd took one building and opened a gift shop, Something Special, on the first floor, and a needlepoint shop on the second.
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Later, they picked up a third partner, Isabel Yates, and the women opened a high-quality women's clothing store, Track II.
"Nancy knew exactly where to go in New York on buying trips because her mother had been in the clothing business," Yates said Friday. "It was a small business venture, and it was fun because we learned so much."
Forest Reeves said his wife had modeled for Marshall Field's in Chicago and for the Loom & Needle shop on the Esplanade in Lexington.
The Reeveses later bought a building on Kentucky Avenue across from Woodland Park, and Mrs. Reeves opened another women's apparel store, Christina's. "She had beautiful clothes there, and the shop was very successful," Forest Reeves said.
Mrs. Reeves closed Christina's in the mid-1990s, and she and her husband moved to Naples, where she was living at the time of her death.
Milward Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements, which are pending. Burial will be at Lexington Cemetery.