Hipsters coming to Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE – The city Planning Board approved the site plans for a new cafe and art gallery on North?Main?Street.

Marae Tesi of Town and Country Properties is planning to create additional residential units in an apartment building she purchased, and also open a cafe in part of the location that used to house Stump City Trading Co.

The board unanimously approved Tesi’s plan to add seven apartments and a laundry room to 5 Fremont St., which now has 12 units. Tesi’s plans indicate there used to be 20 units in the building, but a previous owner changed the layout without Planning Board approval.

The cafe – named Hipsters -will provide not only beverages and food, but also space for local artwork, as well as an open mic for musicians.

She told the board her cafe, at 84 N.?Main?St., would be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

During the meeting Tuesday, she provided the information the board wanted clarified regarding off-street parking spaces she has available on a nearby lot.

The board said if Tesi decides she wants additional signage, it would have to be approved by both the Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Board.

Tesi said she would hire staff now that the project has been approved by the board. Tesi said she would like to have the cafe open this month.

Tesi said she also has plans to open a candy shop next to the cafe, that will be called Krazy Kandy, in the center portion of the former Stump City store.

The owner of Stump City Trading Co., John Lavallee, said in January he was closing the business and planed to move its operations outside the city after nearly eight years of selling antiques and furniture at its downtown location.

Art gallery

Plans also were unanimously approved for an art gallery and shop in another portion of the former Stump City store on the corner of Fremont and North Main streets.

Brian Benton will open an art gallery and studio called The Drawing Board by leasing part of the former Stump City store from Town and Country Properties.

“Basically we want this to be a hub for the community,” said artist and co-owner Robert Morey. “Where people can express ideas and entice community interaction. We think this is something downtown Gloversville could use.”

His site plans state artwork will be created, displayed and sold in the studio which will also be used as a public venue for art shows, art classes and public-speaking events.

The sign that will be used for the gallery was approved by the Historic Preservation Board, Benton told the Planning Board on Tuesday.

He said the hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.

Benton said he is planning to open the shop in about two weeks.