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Grout’s Corner

New Millers Falls shop open... but not on a corner

MILLERS FALLS — There’s a new addition to the village center: second-hand shop Grout’s Corner, sandwiched between the Miller’s Pub and It’s About Time Clocks on East Main Street.

John Davis, 54, of Greenfield set up shop at 27 East Main Street in the storefront recently vacated by a similar business, buying, selling and trading.

“I kind of always thought about doing something like this, all of a sudden the opportunity came about so we decided to just go for it,” Davis said.

Davis and his wife, Lori Johnson-Davis, began renting the storefront and opened the doors last month. The shelves and walls are stocked with things Davis said he had in xthe house or found at tag sales recently, ranging from DVDs to a floor-mounted telescope, alongside various objects of western Americana and electronics.

Davis has plans to expand with a repair shop for small appliances and computers, a hardware section for the basics village residents would otherwise have to drive to Turners Falls for.

Prices are negotiable and what isn’t on the shelves is also for sale; for those who aren’t comfortable with the Internet, Davis engages to act as a middle-man by buying online specific items requested.

Not situated on a corner, the shop’s name is drawn from local history. Before it became Millers Falls, the area was known as Grout’s Corner in honor of early settler and tavern owner Martin Grout.

Some might know Davis from another tavern setting; he runs the Wednesday and Friday karaoke nights at Between the Uprights on Avenue A in Turners Falls.

Grout’s Corner is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and is reachable at 413-824-8421 or groutscorner@gmail.com.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:

ccurtis@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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