While the move to 168 No. Main St. caused some concern, Cote said the business is actually better off in its new location.
For the first time, the shop has off-street parking, something that was a sought-after commodity in the heart of downtown. Cote said the new space is also brighter and more visible to traffic and passersby.
“My heart was in my stomach because we weren’t going to be downtown, but this was a perfect fit,” she said. “We don’t have as much space, but that’s OK because we downsized a few things.”
But Cote said while leaving downtown “has turned out to be a good move, for us,” there’s still a sense that “being an old business doesn’t mean anything anymore.
“I see the fluctuation of what goes in and out of downtown, and over the last several years, it was tough to make a living here,” she said.