‘The rockets’ red glare’

Published 5:20 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Independence Day festivities came three days early in Smithfield, starting July 1 with costumed reenactors reading the Declaration of Independence at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse and the York River Concert Band playing patriotic and marching tunes in front of Smithfield’s LOVE sign.

The date coincided with Hometown Mercantile’s first day open for business. The community marketplace, operating out of the former Laura & Lucy’s antique store, has been renovating the  historic storefront for months. It now houses more than 30 vendors, including the former Gimme Shelter thrift store, which has reopened as “Gimme Shelter’s Attic” in a booth inside Hamtown Mercantile.

The evening culminated with fireworks launched from Clontz Park, with spectators lining the Cypress Creek Bridge and Smithfield Station to watch.

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0172 – The Gimme Shelter thrift store, which closed its doors in January after operating out of a converted Main Street gas station for 12 years, reopened as “Gimme Shelter’s Attic” as one of Hometown Mercantile’s vendors on July 1.