By Jim Sullivan
---- — Nest — the downtown Andover boutique and gift shop — is about to expand its reach with a second location in Amesbury.
The shop’s owners, Taylor Simpson and Stacia Glancy, were finalizing their Amesbury lease last week in anticipation of a mid-May grand opening.
“We are aware that Amesbury is trying to have a resurgence of growth,” Simpson said. “And that is something that we are excited to be a part of.”
Simpson and Glancy will be the first new tenants in a landmark downtown Amesbury building at the corner of Main and Friend streets. The 2,500-square-foot building was home to the menswear business W.E. Fuller Co. for 112 years until fourth-generation owner Ron Fuller sold the building last June.
Nest offers an eclectic variety of jewelry, accessories, gifts, re-purposed furniture and antiques, among other specialty items.
It was Amesbury’s culinary scene that prompted Simpson’s interest in the building in early March.
“My son went down to Amesbury to go to Flatbread (pizza) with his girlfriend who had wanted to go there,” Simpson said. “That was on a Saturday and he called me and asked if I had gone to Amesbury. I told him I had not in a long time, and he told me I had to come down there, because it could be a great place for me to open a second store.”
Simpson took a trip to Amesbury the next day, got a look at the property and called the broker.
“I fell in love with it when I walked into it and it felt right,” Simpson said. “I am the kind of person who runs on her instincts. I just go with what I sense is right and it felt like the right place for us.”
Simpson and Glancy were also attracted to the history of the Amesbury location, which dates to the turn of the 20th century, and intend to retain its authenticity.
“When we arrived, there was already a lot opened up and removed, but the landlord was agreeable to exposing the hardwood floor. We have kept the tin ceiling and have repainted it silver like it was meant to be. We kept all the built-in bookcases that were original and the big mirror and the woodwork,” Simpson said. “All of the structural integrity will remain in place.”
Business will continue as usual in Nest’s Andover shop, which is known for its live window displays. Baby chicks are currently roaming in the store window in celebration of Easter.
Simpson hopes to create that same excitement in Amesbury, but also has some ideas in mind that will be unique to that town.
“I think we are a good fit. I think the store will work well there. I think our vibe that we have will carry well there,” she said. “... I’ve lived in Andover my whole life and I love communities that are trying to work at being better. I hope to bring a little something to that table.”