The Falls General Store will have a feature article in the Fall 2013 issue of the Dog River Town Crier available this month. We met with the Historical Society in late August and gave them a tour of the building and the progress so far. The article will cover the General store’s history past and present. Thank you Kay and Karen for featuring us in this up coming edition.
Our original plan was to be open this year. Unfortunately plans don’t always play out as “planned”. Timelines and budgets are moving targets, especially when you are dealing with a 120 year old building that loves to throw you a “curve” when you least expect it. Life also has a way of throwing you a few curves as well….
This project is the undertaking of two passionate people who have invested a lot of time, effort and money to revitalize the general store in Northfield Falls. We are doing the best we can to make it happen as soon as possible in the best way possible. We hope that by looking at the change and progress at the corner of Rt12 and Cox Brook road, that our efforts and the efforts of the wonderful team of people who transformed the building, demonstrate our commitment to everyone.
I cannot give an exact “date” but it will be sometime Spring/Summer 2014.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this endeavor….
Some pictures of the new kitchen coming together. First picture is the main cooking line, walk in cooler/freezer, another angle of the line and the last picture is the bakery/work area. Floors are all tiled and the walls are finished. All the lighting is LED. Waiting on additional kitchen equipment. The hoods were fabricated by Nevtec in VT. We tried to source as much of the work and materials as possible out of VT to keep the business local.
First picture is a view from the front when you walk in. You can see the new ceilings and post and beams. The new duct work is part of the new heating system installed by Gillespie Fuels. They did a great job. Second picture is a view of the front from the inside. Third picture is a view of the line window. Last one of the “School house” lights installed.
The new heating system(s) that feed that duct work upstairs. Brand new 400 amp electric service panel. Panels feeding the service installed by Northfield Electric. Last picture is the water filtration system.
Picture of the new cooler/freezer from the outside. The inside walk in cooler. Both systems will utilize outside air to run more efficiently during the winter months. Some shots from upstairs that has been roughed out for a coming Yoga studio. Notice the insulation packed into the walls and ceiling. The building had no insulation for 120 years. We have made every effort to make the building as energy efficient as possible within the limitations of the old structure. For all intent and purpose the building has been completely refurbished and is as good as new.
We are still waiting for the flooring to arrive from Vermont Plank and additional equipment to arrive. The signs were mounted this past week on the front and side.
Until next time….. -Vince
A rare picture circa 1900 of the Falls General Store/Post Office sent to us recently by Kay Schlueter of the Northfield Historal Society. It is a wonderfully clear image given the time it was taken.
A picture I took on Jan 14 of the front of the store with the siding on the building almost finished. The top portion above the porch is being left bare to accommodate the front sign structure. Once it’s installed the siding can be finished. I think Mr. and Mrs. Cross would be proud!
Thank you Kay for the wonderful picture of the store!
A special Thank you to everyone who showed up at the Zoning and Site planning meetings this week in support of this project.
We really appreciate it!