Village of Webster gets back to business with new stores, restaurants

April 30, 2019 07:41 AM

WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Village of Webster is getting down to business, with new stores and restaurants slated to open this year.

Boarded-up windows and signs of departure line East Main Street in the Village of Webster. But behind those covered windows, work is underway.

“There was an ownership struggle, that property was bank-owned for a while. That’s why it slowed down until it went through that foreclosure process and got new ownership,” said Matt Chatfield, executive director of the Webster Economic Development Alliance.

Chatfield explained the former developer failed to gain traction, and the foreclosure process forced some locally-owned businesses to shut down.

Now, the area is under the ownership of Charlie Fitzsimmons. His restaurant group called Two for Seven owns Black & Blue, Trata, Jojo Bistro & Wine Bar, and The Village Bakery.

The Village Bakery is one new tenant in the area, with plans to open the second location of JoJo where Prime once sat. While a sign in the window states it will open April 2019, a slight delay has put that schedule behind.

Chatfield explained that under Fitzsimmons' leadership, the strip is being developed as North 43: The Shops at Main Street.

Over the last year, it has brought in The Village Bakery, ROC & Soul Fitness, Suzanne Neace Photography, The Pickled Paintbrush, a boutique gift shop called Lala, and an expansion to rSalon & Spa.

Construction is underway next to rSalon, where Chatfield says a clothing store from Pittsford called Chandeliers Boutique will be going in. 

Around the corner, The North Bee recently opened up, run by a local beekeeper who sells handcrafted items, local honey, and hosts workshops. 

The Village of Webster has a business improvement district, which puts together events to pull people into town. 

It is hosting a wine walk on May 18.

You can always keep up to date on new businesses coming into the village by streaming the board meetings live from Facebook.


Stephanie Robusto

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