Midnight Farm will relocate next week from behind the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Vineyard Haven to 44 Main Street, former site of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore.The store plans to open on Saturday, September 29, in its new location, according to a press release emailed last Friday to The Times.
“This is all happening very, very quickly, and there will be a lot of work to be done when we open, so it will be a soft opening,” owner Tamara Weiss told The Times in a phone call Monday. She said her lease was up and she was given notice that Stop and Shop wanted to occupy the space.
Ms. Weiss opened the store in 1996 with several partners, including songwriter and singer Carly Simon. Stop and Shop Supermarket Company announced plans in the spring of 2011 to expand its Vineyard Haven store, which includes the space leased by Ms. Weiss for Midnight Farm at the back of the building.
“I was hopeful to spend the summer where I was, and we did,” Ms. Weiss said. “Stop and Shop will be moving right into our space, which is the reason for our relocation by the end of the month. I’m looking forward to joining our friends and neighbors on Main Street. Ann Nelson, who owns the building, has been very accommodating, and I think it’s going to be a nice move.”
Ms. Weiss said the square footage is about the same in the new location as the old. “The difference is it’s on two floors, which is a creative challenge for us, and one that I’m going to take on with great gusto,” she added.
Ms. Weiss said Midnight Farm’s inventory would remain the same. “It’s still going to be a home store with clothing, furniture, and hard-to-find things from around the planet.”
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