By Melanie Stegner
The landscape around WaskaVillage in downtown Glenwood is changing rapidly.
The main building of the only outdoor shopping area is open and has been in operation for the past month.
“Small buildings. started construction later than planned, but they are moving quickly. We are not expecting any building materials, just labour,” said WaskaVillage owner and operator Jayme Baker. “The excavator will finish leveling once the ground is dry and shortly after that we will have parking. Once this is complete, the fence will be installed,” Jayme said.
Currently, the store is open for reduced hours, but will expand them as the weather warms. They are open Wednesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Once construction is complete, the smaller buildings will each have a theme. Some themes that are on the list of ideas are boutique, sweatshirt store, candy store, beach store, home decor, toys and games, and men’s store.
“Later on, we are very interested in consignment and rental buildings, but we really want to solve the problems and have a clear idea of what it looks like because it is a new and unique concept,” said said Baker.
WaskaVillage currently offers apparel, floats, towels, swimwear, accessories, bath and body products, home decor items, games, toys, and drinkware. “Most of our custom clothing is designed around Lake Minnewaska. We are adding more as we receive suggestions from our customers. We also have Lake Amelia, Lake Reno, Lake Pelican, Long Beach and Bottle Bay themed sweatshirts and t-shirts,” said Jayme Baker.
“We want to be sure to keep WaskaVillage fresh. We hope to host food trucks or live music and would love to be able to have fun movie nights outside if the noise situation doesn’t disrupt our neighbors,” Jayme said. “As the smaller buildings are completed and we can move in, we will have a small kitchen and menu focused on light snacks, treats and drinks.”
WaskaVillage is located at 112 Minnesota Avenue West in downtown Glenwood and until the parking lot is complete, Minnesota Avenue is the best place to park. You can also visit the company virtually at www.waskavillage.com.