I always wanted my own store and this was the start!
We had an old, single-car garage moved onto our lot on the North Shore Scenic Drive (old Highway 61). We installed a wooden floor, replaced the original garage door with the French doors, did a facelift on the exterior, added some lights and it was a perfect little store. We held many weekend, occasional sales over the years and met lots of great people from all over the world.
I really hope to see some of our customers from the Scenic Drive Boathouse at our new store!
Progress continues every week on the build-out. New front doors were installed today and other tasks are gradually being completed. I will be able to start filling the shelves soon!
Have a great week.
Six new windows were installed on the front of the building this week! I cant' believe how bright and cheery the store looks now. Next week the new doors will be installed. Work on the rest of the building front will be happening soon.
Activity is increasing in Lincoln Park as businesses open or prepare to reopen. We are hoping to open in June if all goes well.
Enjoy the sunny weather this week!
I’ve enjoyed working at the shop everyday since we purchased the building January 3. During January and February Jack (previous owner of the building and owner of Carr’s Hobbies) continued to run the store and sell out his remaining merchandise while Mark (my husband) and I worked in the office and basement. Everyday we’d take breaks, talk and joke with each other.
Jack was always willing to answer my questions and give me advice. He was a very wise man who lived an interesting life. I loved listening to him and I told him more than once that he should write a book. Mark also cared deeply for Jack. He told me he thought Jack was probably the nicest man he ever met.
In March and April Jack would stop in every-so-often and we would visit. He was having some health issues, but I thought he was improving. When Covid-19 struck and we were self-quarenteening, we didn’t see Jack, but he called a couple of times.
This past Saturday I called Jack to catch-up and tell him how things were progressing with the store. He didn’t answer, so I left a message. Since it was the fishing opener Saturday, I figured he was fishing. I found out later that day, that Jack had died Saturday morning. I was crushed. I considered him a very special friend and hoped that he, his wife and my husband and I would be able to spend fun times together in the coming years.
I regret the fact that I didn’t call him sooner. I hope he knew how much I respected him and enjoyed knowing him.
I could write much more about this wonderful man, who honorably served his country in the military for seven years, who enriched the lives of his customers and friends through his generous spirit and who never really grew up when it came to toys and hobby crafts.
The last couple of days at the store have been very sad. I see constant reminders of Jack. He was a very good man. I can’t wait to see him again.
The Minnesota Fishing Opener and Mother’s Day will be celebrated this weekend. We hope the fish are biting and Mothers everywhere are treated to a day of special appreciation, relaxation, presents and pampering!
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