MIDDLEPORT — What’s old is new again.
Those who grew up in Middleport years ago likely remember Tuckerman’s grocery store on Lincoln Street, just around the corner from the former Middleport High School/Meigs Junior High.
Now, years after Tuckerman’s closed its doors, a collaboration of six women is opening Tuckerman’s on Lincoln, bringing back some of the old favorites that many remember, as well as some new locally made items.
The store is set to open today (Friday), and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Amy Blake, Kelsi Boyd, Elisha Meadows Biland, Cayla Adkins, Melanie Quillen and Wendy Amsbary each bring their unique talents and items to the business, along with the candy and bottled sodas that many remember from year’s past. Each of the women own their own businesses, bringing those items together under one roof at the new store in Middleport.
Amsbary makes handmade scarves and blankets; Quillen has original art work on display and will have prints for sale, as well as vintage postcards representing the area; Adkins has Made2Mother essential oil roller blends; Boyd has Silver Market Co. which has handmade natural skin care items; Meadows Biland is a graphic designer and owns Lucky Cat Designs which will have screen print t-shirts at the store; Blake has Second Avenue Candles which will be available at Tuckerman’s on Lincoln.
Boyd said that the business is something that they each may not have been able to do on their own, but by coming together they can help each other, benefiting the other businesses, as well as the community.
“It gives hope to the area,” said Boyd.
In addition to the items made by each of the women, there will be some items from other companies in the region and the state, keeping in line with the natural items. Dirty Girl Coffee from Glouster, as well as signs, pillows and other decorative items from a company in Dayton will be available.
Blake, who grew up on Second Avenue in Middleport before moving away from the area for several years, said that returning to Middleport about five years ago the area was different than when she grew up.
Blake said she is excited to bring the new business to Middleport.
The business will soon have a sign out front which is being made by Guy Bing’s welding class at Meigs High School.
Blake added that she is pleased to have the support of the community and programs such as the welding class.
Items at the shop will continue to change and evolve with new items to be added in the future.
Future plans for Tuckerman’s on Lincoln may include community creative workshops, as well as a community garden.
The original Tuckerman’s was a grocery store in the late 1920s until the 1970s which was known for penny candy, and soda, particularly with the students at the school who could leave campus during lunch.
Blake said they wanted to keep the original name because that is what it was known as, but added their own twist with “On Lincoln.”
Tuckerman’s on Lincoln will be open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Sunday hours possible in the summer.
More information on the new store can be found at the Tuckerman’s on Lincoln Facebook page.
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