ADAMS CENTER After a more than five-year hiatus, the Behlings Spookhill Farms store is once again open for business.
The stores opening was a pleasant return for Mike W. Behling, a member of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators.
After you get away for a while, you realize you miss all of the people, Mr. Behling said. Its those people youve been around all of your life.
The store, located at 12139 U.S. Route 11, reopened last week, following the closure of the Backyard Farmer in April. The store closed after M&T Bank foreclosed on the mortgage.
This was an opportunity to jump back, Mr. Behling said. Mr. Behling will operate the store with his wife, Catherine M. Behling, in space they will rent.
Since coming back, Mr. Behling said hes slowly been working on remaking the store, describing his work as many small projects. However, many parts of the stores operation have come from memory.
You kind of forget its kind of natural to do this, Mr. Behling said.
Five employees have been hired for the store, including two that worked at the store when it was last open as Behlings in 2007.
Mr. Behling said hes been encouraged by the response hes received from both customers and his suppliers.
Hopefully theyll remember you, and they did, he said.
He said the stores sales during Mothers Day weekend were almost as big as the stores largest sale days when it used to operate.
On Tuesday afternoon, business seemed to be going smoothly. A steady stream of customers were coming in, and many of the stores shelves were stocked with plants. In the adjacent greenhouse, Mr. Behlings daughter Maria, a student at Jefferson Community College, was watering marigolds and dahlias. Mr. Behling said he expected the store to sell produce in early June.
Mr. Behling said he and his family operated the store from 1973 to 2007, and said the property has hosted produce retailers since the 1930s.
It builds a tradition, Mr. Behling said. Its always been this.