Business energy fills downtown Thomaston, as road-building project winds down

Posted:  Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:00pm

THOMASTON – Three years of road construction in downtown Thomaston is coming to an end, and businesses are showing signs of bouncing back, with new enterprise and owners taking over or filling empty spaces.

The Thomaston Café is just one of those businesses with new owners. Kate McCoubrey purchased the café and on Friday, November 10, celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“It feels good," McCoubrey said. "I've been managing it for the last two years. My friend was the previous owner and he was ready for a change."

McCoubrey said she has always wanted to have her own restaurant.

"I hope to have a little more casual dining," she said, "and maybe a little more family-friendly."

The Thomaston Café will be open Monday through Saturday for lunch 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. and then for dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. till 8 p.m.

Davene Fahy, of Main Street Matters, she said the Thomaston Café has been a fixture in Thomaston for many years.

“Our businesses have had a really tough time because of the never-ending road construction," she said. "Now that construction is coming to an end, we want to celebrate all things Thomaston. This ribbon-cutting is part of that."

Fahy said last week they celebrated with a ribbon-cutting for Antiquarian Books across the street from the Thomaston Café.

Coming up on November 17, there will be a ribbon-cutting for Indigo, a new consignment clothing boutique.

On November 24, a new shop will be moving into what was the jewelry store (on the corner of Main and Knox) with Shirley Barlow and Andrew Josephs offering gifts, coffee and goodies in the morning, as well as antiques and artist shows in the future.

Main Street Matters is a new organization to Thomaston to help promote those new businesses.

Fahy said the organization would like to have a big party come spring, when all the construction is over.