Shops at 93
By Sparta Live | August 31, 2018 8:12 am
By Hansel Moore
Much of the Van Buren County’s history has been connected to the Hitchcock Building, at 93 Spring St.
If you grew up in Van Buren County, you may have visited it as a gas station, car repair garage, grocery store, laundry mat, hardware store, or gift store. At one point, you may have had a meal, which was located in the diner area known as The Shed.
Constructed in 1945 for “Uncle Morris,” the building has been in the Hitchcock family for generations. Over the years, it has been repurposed and fitted for a variety of commerce opportunities, as it has stood as a centerpiece of the community of Spencer. The current venue of this 15,000 square foot icon of business is to house a number of small merchants and entrepreneurs of the area. It is a conduit for artists to bring their unique trades and products to both the local and visiting clientele.
Twenty-two vendors’ booths are filled with an array of items, both old and new. Historical artifacts are woven in display with crafts and unique gift items. Specialty food items, coffees, and desserts are available to enjoy while shopping or for taking home as a treat to enjoy later.
Scarves, hats, and bling are for sale for the woman searching for that one-of-a-kind item, guaranteed not to be duplicated at any gathering. Decor of a variety of genres is displayed for the persons of discerning taste.
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head seem to oversee the other toys of yesteryear at one of the booths. With a perpetual grin, they greet you, but you have the feeling that someone is watching you – with BIG eyes they watch you.
For the patriotic soul, there are handmade wooden sign crafts with various sayings to share your sentiment with visitors. There are also quilts with the iconic bald eagle and American flag to keep you warm as the fall and winter months approach.
Through one of the side doors is an abundance of colorful options for those looking for floral arrangements for any occasion. Gwenn’s Flower and Garden has a large supply of synthetic flowers and plants for long-term display.
The vendors and items available are transient and constantly changing with the seasons. Sherry Dyer, of Baxter, and Linda Anderson, of Cookeville, shared their love of the store. “We love coming here, we always find something to buy.” These frequent shoppers make a point of browsing the merchandise whenever they are in Spencer to visit their sister.
So, if you haven’t visited the Shops at 93 in a while, come on by. If you’ve never stopped in, take a few minutes to see what’s happening in shops.