Serving Our Community Since 1814 Francestown Village Store

Thank You Mr. Smith

Ways You Can Help Restore the Store!

We sincerely thank those who have given their time, labor, money and support to get us here. But we're not quite there yet! There are still lots of ways you can help restore this important community resource. We look forward to hearing from you!

In Kind Donations Wish List

Interior Demo

The following materials and skills are needed for the store renovation project:

Materials

  • Wood Flooring - Wide Plank
  • Wallboard, Tape & Mud
  • Insulation
  • Exterior Double Door
  • Windows
  • Shelving
  • Composting Toilet
  • Bathroom Sink
  • Light Fixtures
  • Deli Counter

Skills

  • Flooring Insulation
  • Flooring Finishing
  • Interior Painting
  • Wallboard, Insulation, Taping & Mudding
  • Interior Carpentry
  • Exterior Concrete Ramp Installation
  • Exterior Concrete Step Reconstruction

What's the Plan?

Based on feedback from the community the goal is to re-open the store to provide groceries, locally made products and to serve as a community gathering space.

The Building Assessment Report, completed this spring, outlines the conditions of the building, the needed upgrades and improvements and cost estimates for the renovations. This document will guide the renovation efforts.

Raising Construction Funds for the much needed renovations and building code updates is the most critical need. Our Fundraising Goal for the renovation is $150,000. The committee is seeking private funds (tax deductible through the FIHS), grants and in-kind donations (see our wish list here.)

Attracting a Store Business Owner is also a priority. The committee is working on a request for proposals to find a store proprieter/manager. The store business will lease the building space and operate as a separate entity.

Ownership of the Building & Property is an important aspect of the project. The committee has been working with FIHS and experts on finding the right model for ownership. The criteria for this model include:

  • Establishing perpetual support for the Store and 3-Sisters Building
  • Maintaining a low-cost lease for the store business
  • Responding to the needs and wishes of the community.