Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Plans Grand Opening for New Retail Store
PENINSULA, Ohio -The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Conservancy) has been hard at work this summer, renovating a space in Peninsula that will become the organization's newest retail store. The new store, Trail Mix Peninsula, replaces Park Place, which was the Conservancy's first retail space in Peninsula. The Conservancy closed Park Place to take advantage of the opportunity to become more centrally-located to the train and visitors to the area. The new retail space, located at 1600 West Mill Street in Peninsula, is in a building owned by the Peninsula Valley Historic and Education Foundation.
Trail Mix Peninsula will open with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
The grand opening will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. with remarks from key officials from the Conservancy, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR), Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), and the Village of Peninsula. The Conservancy and CVSR are joint partners in this retail venture, and train tickets and merchandise will be sold at the store.
"We look forward to serving visitors to Peninsula and Cuyahoga Valley National Park and to being a part of the Peninsula retail community," said Conservancy CEO, Deb Yandala. "We anticipate that Trail Mix Peninsula will become a popular destination, much like our seasonal Trail Mix Boston store, and will enhance people's experience in and around the national park."
The public is invited to a day of fun
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public and grand opening festivities will continue through 5:00 p.m. Additional grand opening activities include:
Introduction of the Conservancy's new mascot
Autographs by illustrator and cartoonist Jenny Campbell
On-site radio broadcast by WONE/97.5
Giveaways, refreshments and kid's activities.
In addition, people who sign up to become new members of the Conservancy will receive a one-time discount of 25% off their purchase (some exclusions apply). Existing members receive 15% off all Trail Mix purchases. The new store will feature art and jewelry crafted by local artists, Cuyahoga Valley National Park apparel and souvenirs, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad tickets and merchandise, grab-and-go café with locally-sourced foods, and a children's area.
Park Superintendent, Stan Austin, expressed his support for the new store in saying, "I am very excited about the opening of Trail Mix Peninsula. The Conservancy and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad are excellent partners and this effort to open a store in the heart of the Village of Peninsula will greatly assist park visitors."
Special holiday activities begin in the store November 24. Saturdays and Sundays, November 24 to December 23, from 1 - 3 p.m., include photos with Santa and children's craft in Santa's Workshop!
The Conservancy's retail stores all operate under the Trail Mix brand name and store hours are as follows:
Trail Mix Peninsula (1600 West Mill Street, Peninsula):
Opening weekend, October 27 and 28, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 29 through November 30, open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving day
November 29, open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. for the annual Peninsula Candlelight Walk
December 1 - 23, open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
December 24, open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed Christmas day
December 26 - 30, open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
December 31, open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed New Years day
Trail Mix Boston (1565 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula), operates seasonally.
Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through October 28.
Trail Mix Outpost, the temporary Peninsula retail space located in a renovated rail car, closed September 30.
Akron Beacon Journal - http://www.ohio.com/news/local/trail-mix-peninsula-to-offer-park-visitors-train-riders-new-retail-option-1.344570