On April 1 Sara Billings-Leighton celebrated her 10th anniversary as a shop owner in Blue Hill. It wasn’t quite what she expected. She was still in a temporary location on South Street after losing her Main Street location in September when a driver crashed into the building, knocking it from its foundation and rendering it uninhabitable.
But that hasn’t deterred Leighton one bit, and now, in the last full week of April, the doors of SaraSara’s are open for business in a new—yet old—location.
The building, which is owned by Annette Candage, was nearly 100 years old when it was demolished to make room for the new building. For Leighton the experience left her a bit apprehensive about what the future of her Blue Hill shop might be, but she said that Candage was agreeable to rebuilding and Leighton knew she didn’t really want to be anywhere else. “I looked at a few different locations, but they just weren’t right for SaraSara’s,” she said, “this is really the only place that I want to be.”
Being able to come back to Main Street was important for Leighton, who said she is “beyond words, excited.” Also, a benefit, she said, was being allowed by the Candage family to have some input into the design of the space. The building itself is seven feet wider and now has a bathroom—a luxury the shop did not have previously.
Leighton said that while she expected to be back in the building for Memorial Day, she praised the work of contractor Curtis Jaffrey who got the project done five weeks ahead of schedule. Leighton also noted the fact that all of the construction work commissioned by Candage was local, which was something else that she said she fully supports.
SaraSara’s will hold a grand opening celebration on Sunday, April 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. to welcome the community back. She will also introduce her newest employee Annie Shaw (formerly of Terra Cotta).