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Monday, July 17, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 312, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski added 4 new photos — with Bryan Welsh and Theresa Welsh.
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Day 312, Living life on my terms.

Sorry for the delay with my story today. I spent the afternoon downtown and spent so much time talking with everyone that I plain tired myself out and fell asleep early last night.

While I was downtown, I stopped by to see an old friend who was busy readying his new business downtown; Bryan Welsh and his “Hidden Passages Books and Lore” shop. He and his wife have secured the store front between what was the Maple Tree Restaurant and the Crittenden Hotel. Bryan explained to me that as a borough councilman he has been banging the drum for new businesses in town and decided it was time to put up and lead by example.

He and his wife Theresa are opening a store that will offer used books, unique items and gifts, as well as hosting her art studio. She has earned a solid reputation as a paint instructor in the area and offers classes where participants can get extensive instruction and make their own paintings. She has hosted several “Paint and Sip” events where participants can bring a bottle of wine (along with the proof of purchase receipt) and enjoy a relaxing painting session. She also is actively booking private parties that can be held anywhere with each participant paying a small fee.

Bryan’s main focus of the business is used and old books. He has arranged shelves on both floors of the shop as well as some on wheels that he can put on display out front on the sidewalk. He also explained to me that with the anticipated increasing tourist trade, he hopes to offer many other retail and collectable items in the near future.

All in all, it is a distinctive business in our area that has a vast potential. Bryan explained to me how he has a deep devotion to our community as both a citizen and a councilman; and now he adds the title of business owner.

Since Saturday was the Christmas in July festival downtown, sponsored by “A Way Out,” Theresa set up face painting inside her shop for interested children. In the attached photos, you will see her working on a masterpiece as well as one with her kids and grandkids displaying their faces painted to their design specifics.

Today I am dedicating my progress to Bryan and Theresa Welsh and their new business Hidden Passages Books and Lore. I would encourage everyone to stop on by and take a look around. Businesses like theirs need local shoppers to stay afloat and be viable parts of our downtown business district.

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