Changes come to Depot Square
Van Campens is out, Underneath it All, New England Art Exchange are in
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PETERBOROUGH — Snow is melting and businesses are on the move at Depot Square.
“There is a lot of movement,” said Dan Sullivan general manager of Depot Square, “but the nice thing is no one is going out of business.”
Van Campens Museum Quality Furniture & Lighting has moved out of the 20 Depot Square corner lot and Underneath It All is moving in. Owner Nancy Van Campen plans to create a website for the business and is continuing to consult and work privately with clients. She wants to make sure people know she is not retiring.
Van Campen said Depot Square was an outstanding location but that she wants more freedom and flexibility to visit family and practice ballroom dancing. Eventually, she anticipates getting a much smaller space and being open three days a week instead of five.
Tammy Woodard, owner of Underneath It All, has had her business in the back of Depot Square for four years. But, she said, when she found out that Van Campens was moving out and the location would be vacant she jumped at the chance to move.
“Since I moved in (to Depot Square) I have always wanted that spot,” she said.
In addition to nearly doubling the square footage, the visibility in the new location is much better, she said. Woodard added, “I’m very excited because I can do after hours events like bridal parties and the additional room is more conducive to having additional seating.”
The new space will allow Woodard to have three dressing rooms instead of two. With more space, she said, she will also be able to expand her line of bras, yoga apparel, sleepwear and hosiery.
Dodge Farm Antiques will remain in Depot Square until April 27. Then, as of May 1, the store will be in two locations: at New Hampshire Antique Co-op in Milford, and online at www.DodgeFarmAntiques.com.
The store New England Everyday Goods has moved five-and-a-half miles south to Coll’s Farm Stand off route 202 in Jaffrey and last week New England Art Exchange moved in.
New England Art Exchange buys, sells and restores paintings and prints. Ken Spector has owned the business for 20 years. He said much of his transactions are done throughout the country and the world online at neartexchange.com. However, Spector thought moving from Keene to Peterborough was a good idea even though the space was slightly smaller because, “Peterborough is very culturally oriented.”
On Saturday, March 30, the first day open, Spector said 50-60 stopped in to visit New England Art Exchange. In Keene, he said, he had one or two people stopping in a day.
New England Art Exchange will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.