Weedsport residents looking to try something new had options Saturday, as four different businesses opened in a building on the town’s main drag.
The four business, sharing a brick building at 8914 N. Seneca Street, held a joint grand opening that featured music, food, wine and even a quick free massage.
The space is now shared by Second Empire Emporium, Syracuse Paints, Lucky Frog Fabrics and Diane’s Delicate Touch Therapeutic Massage.
Walk in through the main entrance and step left, and you’ll be in Lucky Frog Fabrics, a store that sells specialty fabrics and sewing supplies and will soon run classes. Go straight beyond the door and you will enter Second Empire Emporium, a collection of upcycled, handcrafted art from a variety of area artists. And keep going just a little further beyond Second Empire and you’ll find Diane’s Delicate Touch Therapeutic Massage , which on this day was offering free five minute massages.
Syracuse Paints, meanwhile, is run by Kebbie Jimi, who also owns Second Empire Emporium. She calls it a “paint party to-go business.” She said she goes wherever a client requests and gives painting lessons. The store is looking into getting a liquor license to do “paint and sip” events with the new space.
To celebrate the grand opening of the building, Second Empire had food from Tom’s Bootleg BBQ, a wine tasting from Bet The Farm Winery in Aurora and music from local musician Sarah Scutt.
Jimi said she met the owners of the other businesses online through social media, which helped the project come together.
The new building creates a sort-of arts corner in Weedsport, with La Place Art Gallery, fellow upcycling store Meant to Bee and Kent Quilts all across the street.
Jimi said seeing Meant to Bee owner Diane Reif open her shop seven months ago encouraged her to go for her own art shop.
“She was here, she was having a great time doing it,” Jimi said. “I went in there and introduced myself and she literally welcomed me with open arms.”
Reif encouraged Jimi to open up her own place — which she said aligns with the community’s attitude.
“Our mission here is to work together and be all inclusive,” Jimi said, also pointing to the opening of The Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Company on the same street. “With Meant To Bee across the street and Lunkenheimer’s behind us, we really just want to be a close community.”