So it's the middle of August and I just got back into town after two months away (I work at a boys summer camp in the Adirondacks), just in time for everyone else to flee the heat for their summer vacation. Lots of spaces at the train station. But I look around our downtown with fresh eyes as I do every year at this time, and this there's more to see and ponder on, such as:
It looks like FRED is going to give it another go with women's fashion, this time in a smaller space. I'm sad to see the The Funhouse go but at least the space filled up right away. Good luck to Kelly and the folks at FRED, make sure you stop in when they reopen.
Frozen Yogurt? It says coming soon, but if they wait too much longer the season will be over and soon it'll be colder outside the shop than inside. Hurry up and get us hooked before football season.
A new, old florist returns. Lisa Eisenman, currently running her flower shop out of Food Mart is opening her own location in a section of the old FRED space. Great for her, as Lisa has been a treasure for residents for years.
So does that mean the beginning of the end for Food Mart? Some say yes, some say no, but only Jerry Porricelli knows for sure. Jerry is a long time friend of the community and one way or another will do right by the people he has known for so long.
Other rumors? Another bank to go into the new construction space down at the end of town. Ugh. Hope not. We need more things that motivate folks to come to town, shop and eat (and now, design their homes).
Oh, and I almost forgot...do not let the season pass you by without visiting the Old Greenwich Farmers Market. In fact, mark you calendar and plan your shopping around every Wednesday from 3-6 in the church parking lot on West End Avenue. It's year two and they've added more booths and you can get so many great things and you know something? I've been listening for years to my neighbors all over town saying they love the idea of living in a quaint, charming New England village, and folks, this is how it's done. An outdoor market, locally owned businesses...let's get behind them all.