Not So Fast!
It is hard to imagine that Thanksgiving is behind us, and Christmas is little more than one week away!
Normally, by now, The Smithy would be packing up for its winter hibernation, and saying so long to friends and visitors for the season. Not so fast, however. We are now answering the question of 'when are you closing' with 'We're not!' We have decided, with the encouragement of our staff and customers, to brave the New Preston winter, and remain open for the entire year.
The Smithy will move to its Winter schedule, during which the store will be open from 11:00 AM- 5:30 PM, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 10:00AM- 5:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. We will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
One of the losses that we sustained in making this decision was our 1908 wood stove. If we are to keep our staff, customers, and products happy through the winter cold, we need to step into the future, a bit, and call on modern technology to help warm the store. Our new Lopi wood stove was installed on Sunday morning, and we are busy breaking it in. The stove has a different kind of beauty, and will allow you to see the fire burning brightly through the large glass front window. Lopi makes some wonderful stoves, and the model that we have in the store is claimed to be the most efficient wood stove in the world. It burns 99.45% of the fuel fed into it, by utilizing a secondary burn unit, and a catalytic converter. Too much for me to understand! I do know that we will now be able to keep the fire buring through the evening, so that the store won't get too cold before we reopen. Plesae stop by and check it out!
We continue to fill the store shelves with new and tasty offerings from our growing family of Smithy vendors. Sugar Water Farm is providing us with fresh hydroponic produce that is harvested daily from their Warren greenhouse. There are no organic standards established yet for hydroponics, but Johnny and Ashley are using organic methods in their farming. We will introduce coffee service this week, with exotic beans and blends from Zero Prophet coffee in Washington. We had a staff meeting with Nick, of Zero Prophet, about his product. It was amazing! One of the characteristics of a Smithy vendor is their passion for their product. Nick is no different, and had us all very excited about the taste, smell, and quality of his coffee. It is the coffee that is served at Community Table, which we think is great company to be in.
Carol has been busy scheduling vendor tastings throughout the season, so that you can sample their delicious offerings at The Smithy before bringing them home for your friends and family.
She and Susan have also been busy planning new activities for the upstairs space in the store. They are scheduling talks, craft workshops, and gatherings that will help to create the community space that we conceived of when planning the store seven years ago. Please check our newsletter for a list of upcoming events. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up, by clicking on the Newsletter menu option, and providing your contact information.
We get really excited about our growing and unique assortment of local products and vendors, and look forward to sharing information about them with you. We recognize that none of this would be possible without the support and encouragement of our community, however, and Carol, Rebecca, Susan, and I thank you for shopping with us. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can continue to improve your experience.
From our Smithy family to yours, we wish you a very Healthy and Happy Holiday season, and a blessed New Year. We hope to see you soon!