Heather Abbott’s career was in project management. But her hobby has been backyard farming.
Now she’s taking her hobby full-time, with plans to open a new urban farming and garden center in downtown Parkville in October.
Dew Yah’s (named after her daughter’s toy hippopotamus) is taking a spot at 109 Main St. It will sell such items as chicken keeping and beekeeping supplies, foraging books, organic soil and organic pest control products.
Old Town Sweets & Antiques is closing later this month in Leavenworth after 15 months of operations and reopen in downtown Parkville. The new shop, at 7 Main St., will feature old-fashioned candy, fudge, 64 flavors of taffy, flavored popcorn, preserves, pancake and bread mixes, barbecue sauces, salsas and dips, and much more.
The shop also will sell antique furniture, glassware, signs and other items, and provide estate and auction services.
“It’s always crowded in downtown Parkville and there are a lot of restaurants down there so it is always going to be crowded,” said Jeff Cunningham, owner.