Old post office building eyed as farmers market

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PARRSBORO Kelly Carlson has an idea for the old post office building, but she needs community support to make it succeed.

Many attempts have been made in the past 30 years to bring the iconic structure back to life in Parrsboro, but it has sat dormant for most of that time. All that will change this summer if Carlson has her way making it into a farmers market.

Carlson and her husband Tom Agemian, who operate the Eastern Avenue General Store, want to be one of several merchants to take advantage of the prime location and drawing power of the building by selling goods their as part of a community co-operative.

Old post office building eyed as farmers market

By Andrew Wagstaff

The Citizen

PARRSBORO Kelly Carlson has an idea for the old post office building, but she needs community support to make it succeed.

Many attempts have been made in the past 30 years to bring the iconic structure back to life in Parrsboro, but it has sat dormant for most of that time. All that will change this summer if Carlson has her way making it into a farmers market.

Carlson and her husband Tom Agemian, who operate the Eastern Avenue General Store, want to be one of several merchants to take advantage of the prime location and drawing power of the building by selling goods their as part of a community co-operative. She said they would like to see other goods and services there such as fresh produce, fresh baked bread and dessert, chocolate and candy, fresh and frozen seafood, and much more.

As individuals we are experiencing a decline in tourism and revenue, she explained. As the businesses on Main Street suffer, tourism suffers and property value goes down. Attracting tourists together by grouping our small businesses and lowering overhead by pooling resources will set an example on how to adapt in a changing economic climate.

Carlson said she has had a lot of people come into her store looking to buy goods such as seafood or blueberries or maple syrup, but cannot find them because other stores are closed on Sunday, or they missed the King Street Market on Saturday. Having a market at the old post office building open five days a week would provide an alternative for someone who wants to sell all the time, she explained.

Building owner Dan Wrobleski has agreed to allow the building to be used, according to Carlson, who said she now just needs to get more vendors on board and obtain whatever permits are required from the town.

Pooling businesses together for this would accomplish four main things provide numerous businesses a great location, protect current businesses from future competition, offer the best of Parrsboro in a one-stop shopping setting, and improve the value of businesses already for sale on Main Street.

I think if we bring everyone together, than instead of me paying a bunch of money for rent, then 10 of us could split that, she said. Instead of just having a bunch of small businesses, we would be putting it all together and making Parrsboro more of a tourist destination.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: King Street Market

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Eastern Avenue

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