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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – The next few weeks could very well be yet another turning point in the long history of Shrewsbury’s iconic Spags building on Route 9. A development team from outside of Massachusetts, in partnership with current Building 19 ownership, plan to open what can be best described as an indoor Brimfield Fair. The current plan is to start off with 25 or so vendors, who have been hand picked from a pool of applicants to ensure a quality experience. According to spokesman Doug Thompson, this is NOT to be confused with a “flea market,” and you will not find two-dollar umbrellas or used clothes. Rather they are looking for vendors of antiques and collectibles, as well as a artist who have created something special, whether that be furniture, paintings etc.
Despite having fielded hundreds of inquiries from potential vendors, they plan to start small and make sure that it is all manageable. In the long run, however, they have hopes that the Spags complex will become a destination, with music, food, and an outdoor activities for young and old alike. No doubt there will be changes, but rather than trying to wipe out decades of memories, they plan to put their arms around them and honor them, with the creation of a mini Spags museum, honoring Spag and Olive for their contribution to the community, and the huge impact they had on the lives of so many Shrewsbury residents.
For now, they are planning to be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but as it grows over time, that may change. For now, if you are interested in being considered for a vendor spot, please let me know and I will pass your contact info along to the owners. As always, you can reach me at steveshrewsbury.net