UPTON, Mass. – When Lisa Stratton named her store “A Little Common Sense” a year ago, it was located farther down Main Street.
Little did she know that she would move to 8 North Main St. a year later on the town’s historic Little Town Common. “The name makes even more sense now,” she said.
Stratton moved her unique enterprise to its more spacious location last month, and this weekend will hold a grand reopening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
She named it “A Little Common Sense” because she thinks it makes sense to give crafters a place to sell, shoppers the opportunity to purchase local products and anyone interested an opportunity to learn skills, such as knitting, slowly being lost over time.
She wanted her business “to have a sense of community, a gathering place,” and that’s exactly what she has achieved.
One afternoon this week, building owner James Maloney was repairing the front door of the historic structure, crafters were arranging displays in space they rent from Stratton, three women chatted at the back of the room while knitting and crocheting, and shoppers shopped.
A woman purchased a book written by Millville author and Uxbridge teacher Caroline E. Zani, a gentleman left disappointed that Stratton was out of honey produced by Northbridge beekeeper Ken Warchol (now restocked, as are the fresh eggs), and a woman eyed a beautiful child tutu, marveling at the low price, made by a local seamstress.
In addition to locally made soap, jewelry, honey, butter, coffee, wood products and art, the store offers antiques and classes in knitting, crocheting and jewelry making.
Other classes will be scheduled over time, Stratton said, including a seminar on backyard chickens.
The idea for the store started to take shape while Stratton worked as children’s librarian at the Upton Town Library. She was a 4-H leader, had a strong interest in farmers markets, and noticed more and more people coming into the library looking for books on those kinds of topics.
“All the pieces came together,” she said, and she and her family took that “leap of faith.” She and her husband, who have lived in Upton for 20 years, have a daughter who is freshman at Nipmuc Regional High School.
Looking ahead, Stratton hopes to offer classes of a more spiritual nature, such as meditation, in the building’s basement, which is being renovated.
“A lot of people were excited about seeing this building under renovation,” Stratton said.