Downtown Belfast in ‘good health’ as longtime businesses expand

BELFAST, Maine — Call it the “Main Street shuffle.” Bangor Daily News recently featured the local business climate in Belfast.

Change is afoot in the heart of Belfast, with two businesses from Knox County opening up shop here and with other longtime downtown enterprises moving from one location to another.

“This is good health,” Belfast City Planner Wayne Marshall said Friday. “It’s a sign that people are willing to come to Belfast and invest, and that other businesses were doing well enough that they wanted to expand. I take all those as being very much positives.”

The shuffle began late last year when Abby and Jeff Gilchrist, owners of Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, decided that they wanted to expand from the space they were renting at 159 High St. and purchased a building on lower Main Street. This spring, the Gilchrists have been refurbishing their new building’s storefront space and opened in the new location, about a block away from the old location, on April 1.

Abby Gilchrist said Friday that the new space has about 2,500 square feet, about 800 more square feet than they had previously, and it will allow the couple to add a dedicated classroom space for quilting and crafts. They also will be able to expand their line of art supplies.

“It’s really great to be on Main Street,” Gilchrist said. “I’m really excited to be in the thick of it.”

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Source: Bangor Daily News

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