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Variety Store Debuts On Main Street In Bloomingburg
By Tim Michaels
Moshe Fried looks over newly stocked items at Freedhome Variety which opened in Bloomingburg.
BLOOMINGBURG - For the first time in years, shoppers can pick up small appliances, housewares, glassware and the like without leaving the village. Freedhome Variety has opened at 54 Main Street in a space formerly used as a warehouse.
Ester and Moshe Fried said they “jumped in” and opened the store when no one else seemed willing to take on the job.
In Ester Fried’s case, the store isn’t too much of a stretch; relatives have run H&T Variety in Kiryas Joel for 40 years, she said one recent afternoon shortly after the store opened. The store isn’t fully stocked yet — more shelves and goods are still on the way — and she and her husband were busy opening boxes and putting items on display. Last week, the Frieds were expecting a new sign for the front of the building to draw more attention. In the meantime, a small sign with the logo depicting a hammer, a key, a duster and a frying pan is taped to the window.
Moshe Fried said he was happy with the turnout for the grand opening earlier this month and business so far.
The Frieds originally had planned to open Freedhome Variety in the vacant hardware store on a corner of Main Street and Winterton Road, the main intersection of the village. They even put large “coming soon” signs in the windows. But the work needed to bring the 100-year-old building up to snuff was too much of a challenge, so they settled on the space at 54 Main Street, which was built in 2009.
The old hardware store, which closed about three or four years ago, was the last place to buy general merchandise in the village, Mayor Russell Wood Jr. said. The mayor, who has lived in Bloomingburg his whole life, couldn’t remember a store similar to Freedhome ever located in the village.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” said Wood, who stopped in the store himself to wish the Frieds the best of luck. Wood said the village could use more retail outlets. “I wish we’d get more.”
The store also stocks school supplies; party goods; cleaning supplies; pots, pans and cooking utensils; telephones; items for infants such as bottles and pacifiers; and a section for hardware. Moshe Fried said he welcomes suggestions from the public and that he has space to expand if necessary.
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.