Refinishing the Yoho General Store's Tabletops
The idea to refinish the store’s tabletops first came about in August of 2016, but like many ideas, it took some time to get it off the ground. With persistent determination, the idea re-emerged in late 2017, and was presented as a community project. After some time of devising a plan for the tabletop designs, in April of 2018, the Yoho General Store reached out to the Solsberry community, and its many followers on social media to reveal the unique community project.
A year later, in April of 2019, the store reached out again to heighten the excitement and participation of the community project. Towards the end of the year, two large tables were built to accommodate larger groups. Both tables were 6 ft x 3 ft and sit up to 6 people. With the new inspiration on the floor, the store finally obtained enough photos to fill one of the large group tables!
By December of 2019, the first tabletop design was unveiled, much thanks goes to Larry Shute, as he was a primary contributor for many of the photos. Larry has been the town’s historian since the mid-1960s. He has spent years building up a collection of photos that portrays life in Solsberry. During the unveiling, Larry reminisced about some of the photos now displayed on the tabletop. Many community members, including visitors, have greatly enjoyed viewing the photos. Jim Murphy, President of CFC Properties, has said from the beginning of the project that “the photos are a great conversation starter and a walk down memory lane”.
Megan Hood, Yoho Store Manager, also shared, “I think it’s pretty neat seeing people’s faces light up when they see the first refinished tabletop! They comment on how nice it looks and how visiting the store of course brings them back in time. It helps them tell stories to their families about things and events they remember by looking at the tables! It may not even pertain to the table, but it sparks a memory! It’s a nice history lesson for kids and adults!”
After the unveiling of the first tabletop, more people were excited to share photos and stories. Because of their willingness to share, the store was proud to unveil the second tabletop design on August 11, 2020. The second design was installed on the remaining large group table.
Unveiling the second tabletop design.
Many community members, including Lavon Yoho, donated many images to help make the second tabletop design possible. The store is now introducing its next tabletop design, which will be center around classic vehicles.
So, if you want to participate in the next exciting project and have some photos of classic vehicles, start going through your albums! Photos can be emailed, along with a brief description containing the following information…
1. Name(s) (if people are present in the photo)
2. Make, model, and year of the vehicle
3. Year the photo was taken
4. Name of the person who took the photograph
5. Name of the person who is submitting the photograph (this will be listed as the “Courtesy of” line)
…to firstname.lastname@example.org OR bring them to the Yoho store, and Megan Hood, Store Manager, will scan and email them for you.
Note: if scanning, please set the dot per inch (dpi) option to 300dpi for future printing requirements.
We want to thank everyone in advance for helping with this fun community project. We look forward to receiving your photos soon so we can complete the next tabletop design!
Stay tuned as there is more to come.