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Buckingham Rabbits reopening coincides with Turners Falls business festivities

  • Alex McGuigan is getting the new location of Buckingham Rabbits Vintage on Avenue A ready for its grand re-opening on Saturday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Alex McGuigan stands outside the new location of Buckingham Rabbits Vintage on Avenue A with some pinwheels that will be on display on Saturday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Alex McGuigan is getting the new location of Buckingham Rabbits Vintage on Avenue A ready for its grand re-opening on Saturday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 2/13/2020 7:12:50 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 7:12:40 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Downtown businesses will celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a schedule that includes concerts, yoga classes, art shows, acupuncture sessions and sales.

“It’s our way as businesses of giving back and saying thank you to all of our customers,” said Erin MacLean, a co-owner of LOOT, who is one of the primary organizers of Saturday’s events.

Along with the all-day schedule of activities, the vintage and secondhand clothing store Buckingham Rabbits Vintage will be celebrating its grand reopening in a new location, at 102 Avenue A.

Buckingham Rabbits opened last April on Canal Street. Owner Alex McGuigan said the Avenue A space had been her first choice, but that it wasn’t available when she wanted to open. At the time, it housed Flourish, which sold handmade crafts and repurposed clothing, and included a gallery space.

When the space became vacant after Flourish merged with nearby Stenhouse to create a new store called Two Birds, McGuigan used the space to run a temporary holiday store. LOOT co-owner Erin MacLean, who owns the space, then suggested that McGuigan consider moving Buckingham Rabbits into it.

“The block was developing into a shopping destination. It made sense to us,” McGuigan said. “The canal space felt very DIY. I loved that about it, actually. It felt like it was the right place to open. Us moving into this new space is the next chapter.”

The Avenue A space is slightly larger and more easily accessible for pedestrians, but the biggest difference for McGuigan is the large display windows.

“It’s the perfect storefront,” she said. “It was something that really got my creative mind going.”

Buckingham Rabbits will celebrate its reopening on Saturday with YouTube karaoke and raffles for four $50 gift cards.

Full schedule of events

■The Upper Bend, 112 Avenue A, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Art auction. This is the last day open before going on break for a week, and the only day for biscuits and gravy.

■Fire + Embers Hot Yoga, 141 Second St., 9 a.m. — A 45-minute workshop with Hannah Johnson of Sweet Birch Herbals, followed by a 90-minute hot yoga class with owner Mishel Ixchel.

■Great Falls Yoga, 34 Third St., 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. — Slow flow yoga with Abigail Shapiro.

■Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Connecticut River habitat dioramas are open, and the museum store is open 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

■LOOT, 62 Avenue A, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — 25 percent off sale, with music from disc jockey Just Loan.

■Charon Visionary Art + Tattoo, 107 Avenue A, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Tattoo art available in three prices and sizes: $60, $100 and $150.

■Buckingham Rabbits Vintage, 102 Avenue A, noon to 6 p.m. — Grand reopening in the new downtown location. Enter a raffle to win a gift card.

■Two Birds, 106 Avenue A, noon to 5 p.m. — 20 percent off sale.

■ Nina’s Nook, 125 Avenue A, noon to 7 p.m. — New exhibit on erotic art by 35 artists.

■Mystic Pinball, 104 Avenue A, noon to 9 p.m. — Free pinball on three machines: “Elvira,” “Quicksilver” and “Hard Body.” Get a $25 gift card for $20, or a T-shirt and $20 gift card for $35.

■Abundant Splendor Healing Center, 69 Second St., noon to 4 p.m. — Free ear acupuncture, free herbal mini-consult and free heart-opening herbal tea.

■Great Falls Harvest, 50 Third St., 2 to 4 p.m. — Artist Allen Fowler will present recent paintings and assemblages. Restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

■Breakdown Records, 59 Avenue A, 2 to 4 p.m. — Free concert with DJ Lazy Boy and special guest DJ E-Mag.

■The Local Yoga Joint, 42 Canal St., 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Meditation and discussion with Sarah Frye and Lori Allen.

■Shea Theater Arts Center lobby, 71 Avenue A, 5 to 7 p.m. — Erotic art exhibit and artist reception.

■Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, 8 to 11 p.m. — Nerd’s Valentine’s Day Double Feature Dream Date: “Labyrinth” and “The Neverending Story.” Admission is $5. Beer and wine are $6.

■The Rendezvous, 78 Third St., 9:30 p.m. — Free concert with Donna Geese, Nanny, Giant Sadness and L.A. Arrest. Restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.




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