NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Shima, the downtown children and maternity store, has expanded.
The store is nearly double the size by moving down the street to 65 Main St. The new location opened Wednesday after six weeks of painting and building shelves in preparation with 500 additional square feet of floor space, according to owners Suzy Helme and Libbie Pike.
Expansion was a year away in the owners' minds until the duo received an offer to rent the former Sports Corner location at a "good price."
"We couldn't really pass it up," Helme said.
The space was renovated by the pair with material left behind in the space, supplies they had laying around and customer donations. The store has all new shelving and a new floor.
On Wednesday a few boxes were being unpacked and the sign for the Gallery 51 annex still hung over the storefront but customers still found their way in. A small chalkboard out front advertised the new location. By the afternoon, the old sign was removed and the owners said they will soon be moving the handcrafted sign from the old location as well as building another one.
"We reused a lot of stuff from Sports Corner," Pike said.
Shima was closed Sunday through Tuesday so the owners could move. There is still some inventory that needs to be moved down the street, the owners said.
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