After 18 Years Operating BGS Kim & Carolyn Grateful For Community Love And Support

May 3, 2012

in Barnard,News

After 18 Years Operating BGS Kim & Carolyn Grateful For Community Love And Support

Hello for the last time from Across the Counter.

As many of you are aware a few members of our community had been planning to purchase the Barnard General Store building and property.

Though negotiations never took place for the purchase of the store we knew it was the intent of the new owners to operate the store as well.

With the “pending sale,” we began to plan for our future beyond the BGS. We were given the strong impression that by May 1st the “new owners” would be ready to take the reins. As a result we began to plan our exit.

The sale is still on the fence with no closure in sight and we find ourselves financially unable to reverse the plans we have made. Therefore Carolyn and I have finally reached the end of our stewardship here at the BGS.

When one has woven so many threads within a community one finds themselves feeling very responsible for its well being. It saddens us that this situation has put the store in jeopardy and that our community is temporarily losing their gathering place.

As owners of the Barnard General Store for the past 18 years, we have framed our life around our community. We have made every effort to create a space that is welcoming and provide the provisions neces­sary to fill the needs of those who shop here.

We have taken great pride in the quality of food we have offered with our baked goods, in our deli and our By the Lake Catering.

Our priority has always been to feel connected to our patrons and have our patrons feel connected to us. Developing relationships with community members has been the most rewarding aspect of operating this business. The joy we have felt and the pleasure we have experienced over the years will be a source of fond memories for the remainder of our lives.

Our desire to celebrate community spirit was the foundation for our endeavors at The Barnard General Store. With our connections to Helping Hands, our Annual Street Dance, and the numerous other ways we worked with different organizations and clubs we feel we successfully achieved our goal.

We have put our heart and soul into every effort we have made. We feel our success lies in the joy we have received creating the sense of community within the walls of the BGS. Though we have failed to attain financial success and will be leaving with more debt than we began with, we leave with the satisfaction of achieving a wonderful relationship with most of our community and beyond. Our relationship with Bill Twigg­Smith has been one of great respect and appreciation. Bill purchased the property from us in an effort to preserve the store that he enjoyed in the community he lived in. Our selling the property was our first attempt to stay in business.

Bill was very forgiving when we began our struggle and has remained so throughout our difficult times. We are indebted to him for his kindness and true stewardship of this wonderful piece of our town’s history.

As we plan for our doors to close and navigate through the muddy waters of our business closing we thank all of you who have been so supportive and who have made great efforts to give us your business. We wish things were ending differently and hope you understand we gave it our all and it just wasn’t enough.

Now for the local news… This past weekend, The Second Annual Man Auction fundraiser was once again a huge success!

Organizers were very happy with the turnout, the contributions and the number of people who participated, all of which were an increase from last year.

There is not a final figure for the amount raised for the Green Mountain Room Project at the Barnard Academy but it is flet that it will reach or surpass last year’s amazing amount of $18,000.

After the auction, Bow Thayer, and Local Train-wreck, the local version of his back-up group Perfect Train-wreck graced the stage. We are so fortunate to have such talented musicians in our area. This was an opportunity to really let loose, a perfect way to end a perfect event!

This just in, the Man Auction this year raised $24,000! Fantastic!

The following Saturday May 5th is Green Up Day. Helping Hands will be working with the Barnard General Store to coordinate this event.

Bags will be available and Tom Morse will have the dump trailer here for the day to put collected trash in.

As always, a voucher for a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a mini-muffin will be given to everyone who participates. All participants will be entered in a drawing to

Win a $20.00 gift certificate at the BGS. This year there will be a drawing for adults as well as children! The Transfer & Recycling Station will participate with their Annual Free Tire Day (up to four tires per person) and roadside trash will be accepted free of charge.

Also on May 5th come see BarnArts Presentation of Scenes from Cinderella at the Barnard Unitarian Church at 3 p.m. This production is the culmination of a four week intensive Broadway Bound Youth Theater Workshop with 23 children ranging in age from 6-17 from Barnard and surrounding towns.

For more information you can contact Jarvis at 802-332-6020.

Saturday May 12, Camp Red Clover will hold their Annual Pot Luck Scholarship Fundraiser. The doors at the Town Hall will open at 6 p.m. From 8-11 Jeanne and the Hi-tops will be performing on stage. This is a great opportunity to dance the night away to one of our favorite local bands their great music that includes a combination of rock, soul and zydeco! You won’t be able to resist their incredible sound. For more info about Camp Red Clover’s Summer Program e-mail Spring is in the air and with spring comes change; we hope to see you

Across the Counter as we bid our farewell. Cheers! We will miss you, Kim, Carolyn and our very supportive families. Embrace this season and all the joy it brings


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