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.
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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.