Chamber Corner: Two new retail stores opening soon in Walnut
As we approach November and the Holiday season it’s exciting to see two new retail stores about to open. First, you may have noticed the renovations on Main Street for the new Pass It Along store. The store is getting close to being finished and donations are now being accepted. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Pass it Along back open in Walnut. The way the town supported the store over the past four years has been really great to see and all the money that has been given back in scholarships and to the community has been amazing to watch. I want to thank Lee and Kirsten Johnston, the Main Street Renovation Group, and the extra volunteers for all the work they have put in to get the new store up and running. It’s been over 8 years since Walnut had a grocery store, but in November the store will be open again under the name Walnut Acres Country Store! I know the Jameson’s are excited how everything has fallen into place to make this happen and I can’t encourage you enough to support the store when it opens. I’ve heard from many community members over the past few years say how much Walnut needs a grocery store again and I agree. Again, please support the store as much as possible. This is an exciting thing for Walnut. So, if you’ve been on Yerk Street lately, you noticed the grocery store sign is now up and Guido’s Coiffure has a fresh coat of paint on their side of the building with their logo. Both look great and lots more traffic will be on that road soon. Lots of great things happening around town. In the coming weeks we will also have a lot more information about our Christmas Open House Weekend, which is the weekend after Thanksgiving. That Saturday is also Small Business Saturday and area businesses will be running specials at their stores. Please shop local and shop Walnut as much as possible. Think about it. In just a few weeks you will be able to buy groceries in Walnut between Avanti’s, Shell, Pit Stop and the Walnut Acres Country Store. We have several salons in town to get your haircut. Roots has a boutique for ladies clothes. Pass It Along will be open with a variety of items. The Embroidery Shop has clothing for sale, which they can also customize. We have two gas stations where you can fill up your tank. We have two medical clinics in town. We also have a variety of dining locations as well. Speaking of dining, the Taste of Walnut has been postponed to Saturday, February 10th at the Community Building. The Retail & Dining Committee felt it was a better time of year to host this event. Tickets will be on sale soon. Please consider attending this event where you can try every dining option in town. That’s seven locations for $15! That’s $2.14 per restaurant! One last thing. Help yourself to the mums on Main Street before we put the flower boxes away for the winter! Have a great week. Shop Walnut.