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Old Brownville convenience store reopens as J.D.'s Emporium

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 27, July 03, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

Observer Photo/Sarah Macllroy
REOPENING BUSINESS Last week marked the opening of J.D/s Emporium in Brownville Junction. Pictured, from left, are Owner Donna Jones with Employee Wendy Champagne.

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION Makeovers are always exciting, even if you're a business.

Although some aspects of the venture are still a work in progress, J.D.'s Emporium opened for business, bringing a new face to a store that has been a part of Brownville for at least 50 years.

"This building had been empty for several years," said business owner Donna Jones, who sold her previous operation, Cinder City Cafe last winter. "And I thought it would be good for the community to have something in here.... The building had always been here, and I just wanted to see it open again. It was already here, we're just adding to it."

What used to be Mo's store had been vacant for about four years, she said, and getting it ready to open for business was no small job.

"It needed a lot of renovation," she explained. "But we wanted to give it a whole new facelift and new name."

Gas pumps are still on their way, but J.D.'s Emporium has a host of other attractions for area people. In addition to offering Gifford's ice cream, milk shakes and sundaes at their popular take-out window, J.D.'s will also be selling hunting and fishing licenses, along with boat, snowmobile and ATV registrations.

"We also have a full line of groceries, and Gram's House homemade donuts, pastries and bread," she said.

Eventually, Jones hopes to offer consignment for area artisans, faxing and notary services, along with posting items on E-Bay for those who aren't computer or Internet savvy.

She said that J.D.'s Emporium will be hosting a grand opening with lots of prizes and giveaways before the end of July, in order to introduce people to the new shop.

"I hope people will excuse our appearance because work is still in progress," she explained, "but I hope they'll stop in and around."

For more information, visit them at their location on Route 11 seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or call them at 965-8100.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.