When Fordham Market closed its doors on Bay Street in July, Robin McCarty, who worked at the market, decided to get together with former venders to establish her first business — Beaufort Emporium.
McCarty opened her store Aug. 5 with eight venders on Bay Street and said she did so with plenty of help from city hall, very few roadblocks and a calm attitude.
“I’ve never done this before. It’s something new,” she said. “I think it’s good for everybody.”
The shop, which features local products, pottery, art and even works from a fiber artist, is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
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“One of the reasons I named it the ‘Beaufort Emporium’ was because there are so many different products in here,” she said. “It just sort of reminded me of what an Emporium would be like.”
McCarty said she wants her employees to greet customers and offer them help when they visit, but she also wants to avoid being pushy.
“If they say they’re just looking, then we’ll leave them alone,” she said. “We’re here to help them if they need it.”
According to McCarty, each shop up and down Bay Street is “unique,” but she wants to provide a diverse collection of products other stores don’t offer.
“I think it’s good for downtown to have this variety,” she said.