When we started Beekman 1802, we never imagined opening a bricks and mortar store. The bricks and mortar of the farm were all we would need to run our internet-based business. But as fortune would have it, our little farm-based business continued to grow. We added more artists from the community as we developed new products, and before we knew it, the basement, the attic, and even the dining room were being used as storage, packing and wrapping spaces.
We initially thought we would find an empty barn or garage somewhere just to use as additional storage, but a walk down Main Street changed all of that.
The old Roseboro Hotel, one of the most imposing buildings on Main Street in Sharon Springs, was sitting empty. Anyone who has ever dreamed of revitalizing the Main Street in their own town knows that even one empty storefront sends an unwelcoming message.
What could we do to change that?
So much of what we do at Beekman 1802 relies on the history of the farm and of its founder, William Beekman. William was a senator and the first judge of Schoharie County, but his wealth came from owning one of the largest mercantiles in upstate NY. In fact, the entire area surrounding the farm was known as Beekman’s Corners.
So perhaps it is fitting that there is once again a mercantile bearing his name. With a few phone calls, a tight budget, and a little elbow grease, the Roseboro Hotel, at 210 Main Street in Sharon Springs is now the home of the Beekman 1802 Mercantile.
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