Sweets to be sold at former post office

The former Keystone Post Office will become an annex of TurtleTown, according to business owner Chris Connelly.

The space will create a “more expanded TurtleTown,” Connelly said.

Connelly anticipates a menu of treats, a full coffee bar and self-serve ice cream in a wide variety of flavors.

A new kitchen will be located in the former post office building. The space will also provide more seating for patrons.

The finalized layout, which will be built by Precision at Work contractors, has still not yet been finalized. Connelly hopes to have the site operational by the beginning of the 2020 tourist season.

The new design will also feature an outdoor, uncovered patio area. An awning on the front of the building will match that of TurtleTown so that patrons associate the two spaces. The name of the new space has yet to be determined.

“This is a win for Keystone,” said town finance officer Cassandra Ott.

The project, made possible by the relocation of the post office to Swanzey Street, means an additional source of taxation for the town.

“Every little bit helps,” Ott said.

TurtleTown itself will not undergo any renovation during the completion of the project although Connelly anticipates this new annex will “have the flexibility to do more things” for the existing business.

Neither location is set to stay open year round unless demand in the tourist town changes.

“We’d love to but what we’ve found with TurtleTown is that it doesn’t make sense to stay open year round,” Connelly said.

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