OXFORD – Amidst the significant pressure COVID-19 has put on businesses of all shapes and dimensions, Oxford businessman Eric Mosher has never ever dropped religion in his neighborhood.
Whilst most enterprises are in survival manner and are hesitant to shell out funds, Mosher is looking to develop over and above his by now well known GJDE Enterprises keep in downtown Oxford, Cumberland County. He has taken the first steps to make a new bistro in what was a neighborhood gathering put.
The primary approach was to consider the previous Fowler’s Barbershop creating and renovate the inside to develop the bistro. The undertaking will also contain a back garden centre, with some adjacent seating.
“It’s been my dream for a long time to do something like this for Oxford,” Mosher mentioned. “I was speaking to the contractor and creating a little something like this is a obstacle price-clever, and I do not assume matters are heading to be the way were being when it arrives to the expense of supplies. Things have not slowed down and people today are accomplishing a lot of renovations and setting up through COVID.”
Mosher mentioned he understood the constructing necessary a new roof and was certain a new again wall would be needed, but when the contractor begun doing the job on the construction he discovered a critical dilemma.
“There was fairly a bit of dry rot within,” Mosher claimed. “We seriously didn’t have a great deal of a choice but to tear it down to the basis and start out once again. Once we began working on it we identified levels and levels of difficulties.”
The new developing will seem a lot like the outdated one particular with a comparable façade, despite the fact that it will be far more symmetrical.
His approach for the bistro is to supply a smaller, but tasty menu to delight in in a good atmosphere in the coronary heart of the downtown. Mosher reported it is a single of numerous good things occurring in Oxford.
“My shop (GJDE Enterprises) is a destination and I want to produce that with the bistro, a put where by people today want to occur to love themselves,” Mosher reported. “I hope to have as much regionally-grown products as I can. What I’ll be presenting will be diverse than what’s accessible in city now, so I really don’t feel we’ll be in opposition. It will be yet another rationale for people today to arrive. It will be superior for Oxford. It truly is a good point. And it will generate careers when it’s up and operating.”
He hopes to have the exterior of the creating up in just numerous weeks with the remainder of the challenge to abide by, based on the charge of products. He expects to have the backyard garden centre functioning initially.
Confidence in Oxford
It would have been simple for the businessman to toss up his fingers and wander away from the house, but Mosher claimed he has so significantly assurance in Oxford that he is heading forward with the job simply because he is aware of it will be supported.
He is also confident the bistro will complement his Alphabet Retail store that has develop into a little bit of an attraction in the neighborhood due to the fact of its collection of nostalgia and distinctive merchandise that are difficult, if not unachievable, to obtain in today’s big box retail outlet overall economy.
Mosher contracted Greg Mattinson to clear away the previous barbershop constructing, sections of which date back to the mid-1800s. It was not a huge setting up, but it was a acquainted component of the Water Street streetscape and a spot individuals congregated for decades when it was a barbershop and later on a laundromat.
It had sat vacant for quite a few many years until finally Mosher purchased it out of foreclosures several decades in the past, intending to revitalize it and restore the constructing as a productive small business.
“There was a time when everyone in Oxford knew Harry Fowler’s barbershop,” Mosher stated. “He started off back again in the 1930s and it operated as a barbershop until finally the early 90s.”
Mosher has owned the shop for approximately 20 yrs but was under no circumstances in a position to produce the creating.
Mosher’s primary enterprise, GJDE Enterprises, enjoyed a successful 2020 irrespective of the challenges offered by the COVID-19 pandemic. While he was shut for a interval during the provincewide lockdown, Mosher reported it even now finished up staying 1 of his most successful many years for the reason that persons tended to store at dwelling.
“I’d say past yr was my best yr at any time,” he reported. “I was closed for 12 months, but the other positive that came out of COVID-19 is that it designed people more knowledgeable of what their communities had to supply, what they have, don’t have or have lost. This brought ‘shop local’ to the forefront because folks didn’t want to travel to the bigger places so they’re rediscovering what their personal communities offer you and we supply superior solutions.”