Main Street space in Parrsboro being geared toward entrepreneurial efforts
PARRSBORO – Calling all entrepreneurs looking for a prime summer location. “The Sweet Spot” is open to whoever presents the best idea.
In an effort to promote small business and create more activity on Main Street, Parrsboro project co-ordinator Taylor Redmond is working with the local Co-Op store to encourage submissions of ideas from those who wish to use its building near the sidewalk.
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Crossorads Co-Op manager Rob Flecknell and Parrsboro project co-ordinator Taylor Redmond are excited about an opportunity for entrepreneurs to make use of the Co-Op’s ice cream stand building on Main Street. Proposals are now being accepted.
“The idea would be to encourage summer students to design a business, and it would totally be their gig,” said Redmond. “The space will be available for the business person who puts the best proposal together.”
For the past few years the small building has been operated as an ice cream stand, for the first three years by the Co-Op staff; and last year by a private operator who rented the space.
Continuing to sell ice cream at the location would be encouraged, according to Redmond, who said she would also like to see it expand its focus. It could promote the area’s products, depending on the season, such as maple syrup, strawberries, and blueberries.
Redmond is also planning to propose to town council that the building could be used for tourist information, providing maps, brochures, etc.
But it will ultimately be up to the operator, she said.
“It’s about getting business on Main Street that can create more buzz,” she said. “It’s a business that needs to be open full-time, but needs to have a little more variety that just ice cream. It’s up for anybody who is entrepreneurial.”
Proposals can be presented to Co-Op manager Rob Flecknell, who will then take them to the Co-Op board of directors, who will make the final decision. He said this decision would probably come no later than the board’s March meeting.
Meanwhile, the space is now available to anyone who wants to try it out as a “pilot project.” A few local youths took advantage of the opportunity last weekend, selling hot chocolate, coffee, and dog cookies, with proceeds going towards the local dog park project.
Redmond herself will be making use of the space on Dec. 19, selling dog treats, dog calendars, dog rope pulls, hot chocolate and coffee, all in support of the town's dog park and courtesy locations.
Those with an idea they wish to pursue over the winter months can contact Taylor Redmond at email@example.com or on Facebook at Target Mainstreet.
The board is open to ideas, according to Flecknell.
“The main reason is just to keep interest and promote Main Street,” he said. “We want to provide somebody with the opportunity to come up with some of their ideas, but keep the presence down here.”