35 South Pleasant Street, heart of downtown Amherst
Londonwest, which will be selling "specialty food products, sports memorabilia, gift-ware" and house a small cafe that serves coffee, tea, and soft drinks goes before the Select Board
In addition to being the town's Sewer Commissioners, Select Board members are also Liquor Commissioners. The "Wine and Malt on premises" permit costs $1,000 annually, but since there are none available they will seek an "all alcohol license" that costs $3,500.
The location, in the heart of downtown Amherst, has been vacant since September when Art Alive died and prior to that it was 35 South Cycle, a spin class studio.
Amherst has seen in increase in empty storefronts over the past few years, so it's nice to now see one coming alive.
UPDATE: Tuesday night.The Select Board continued the Hearing to May 11th due to concerns about how the retail portion of the store would be kept separate from where the alcohol is served, training of staff, and where the alcohol would be stored.
Chair Alisa Brewer was particularly concerned and at one point chastised the rest of the Select Board for not sharing that concern.