LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The old fire station on Portland Avenue in Louisville's Portland neighborhood is no longer home to Engine 6.

"I love the amazing history here," said Sherry Hurley Magnuson. Now, it's a home away from home for her.

"I probably looked at 50 different spaces and this was the first one that I walked in and I could see it laid out perfectly," she described.

She's expanding her Farm to Fork catering business by adding a cafe in an area of town where she says she sees progress despite a perception of stunted growth.

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"It's not just what you necessarily see on the news or read in the newspaper. There's a lot more going on down here that's positive," she told WHAS11.

She may be on to something. This summer, Louisville city leaders celebrated the opening of the Oasis Food Market, also in the Portland Neighborhood and Portland Barbecue opened in March.

It came more than a year after the closing of the Pic-Pac Supermarket. It had been a staple in Portland since the 1980's.

She also eyed the location for the future development of Waterfront Park.

"I have this vision of people going down to the waterfront and wanting to come up and grabbing some food or getting a boxed lunch or something like that," Hurley-Magnuson said.

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Farm to Fork in Portand

The farm to table concept is gaining popularity as she hopes to gain a few more business owners willing to take the risk of investing in West Louisville.

"You need reasons for people from outside the community to come into the community and really start learning what it's all about."

There is a ribbon-cutting planned for the store Thursday at 9am.

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