Store Opening Day
In a sure sign of spring, the front window sign flips around and the store is open for business seven days a week, from May through October.
After weeks of planning and preparation by the Store's staff and volunteers there is always speculation as to who will be the first customer through the doors when we open at 8:00 AM. In the past middle school-aged boys have lined up early in the morning to have that honor. Each year the first customer is always different but their delight that the Cottagewood Store is once again open is always the same.
It's been more than 100 years since Ralph & Stella Chapman stocked the shelves in anticipation of their first customer. There is no record of who that customer was but we are pretty sure that they were equally delighted to have a general store in their neighborhood were they could chat with friends and neighbors while enjoying a bottle of Hires root beer for 10 cents.
Opening Day of the 2016 season is Saturday, April 30.