Businesses host Shop and Walk Hebron

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Sep. 24, 2013
Earle and Jessie Woodworth welcome visitors to their shop, Piece of Mine, during Hebron's Shop and Walk event on Sept. 21. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Earle and Jessie Woodworth welcome visitors to their shop, Piece of Mine, during Hebron's Shop and Walk event on Sept. 21. Photos by Melanie Savage.

For the past three years, Liberty Square Collectibles owner Lynn Bjork has held a family fun day and craft show on the lawn in front of her Route 66 Hebron business. The events feature vendors, many of whom rent space inside the store. This year, Bjork wanted to reach out to the Hebron business community at large. Economic Development and Parks and Recreation got involved to help with promotion, dubbing this year’s Sept. 21 event Shop and Walk Hebron.

Guided walking tours were offered at nature trails along Main Street, and many local businesses joined Bjork in providing special offerings throughout the day. “You just like to have some activity, some life in town,” said Bjork.

Among the participating businesses was Piece of Mine Consignment Store, which was celebrating its new expansion into a larger space. Hampton residents Earle and Jessie Woodworth opened the business a year ago in December. “We had liked a good bargain, a good deal,” said Earle, adding that he and Jessie had furnished their own home via estate sales. “We wanted to open a business, and with five kids to support, we needed to do it,” said Earle.

“We thought Hebron was an up-and-coming place, and we wanted to grow with it,” said Jessie. “The response has been outstanding.”

After just 10 months, the shop had developed relationships with 175 different consigners, said Jessie, and was in need of more display space. Most people don’t realize just how many different kinds of items they carry, said Jessie.

“People come in and they’re like, 'Wow, you have it all,'” she said. Piece of Mine carries furniture, appliances and other household goods, as well as a large selection of both men’s and women’s gently-used clothing. They also carry new shoes. Piece of Mine has a Facebook page (search under Hebron), and can be contacted at 860-530-1632 or pieceofmineconsignments@gmail.com.

Another new Hebron business also participated in the Shop and Walk event. Brain Freezers, a frozen yogurt store located across the street from the XtraMart gas station, offered a 10-percent discount on yogurt for the day. Business owner John Johnson, Jr., said that he came up with the idea for the business after taking a look at some of the vacant buildings in town.

“I started thinking about what the town needed,” he said. “I wanted something for everyone to do - a place for the kids to come and hang out after school.” Brain Freezers fit the bill. An independent business, the store is decorated in primary colors and is bright and inviting. Brain Freezers carries 18 different flavors of yogurt, and at least 60 different toppings. Plans are to introduce frozen custard soon, along with a line of cakes and pies.

According to manager Tammy Porter, there are currently 17 RHAM students employed at Brain Freezers, as well as a few additional employees. Business has been “pretty good so far,” said Johnson.

On Sept. 21, Brain Freezers was offering a special flavor dedicated to the memory of Paige Houston, a RHAM senior who was killed in a single-car accident in August. Chocolate-dipped strawberry was a favorite of Houston’s, according to RHAM senior Shannon Simmons, an employee at the store. “When she first came here, that was the first flavor she had and she loved it,” said Simmons.

Brain Freezers has a Facebook page and a website, at http://www.brainfreezersct.com/.


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