HUDSON — A new community store in Hudson, which opened in December 2019, is inching toward its one-year anniversary of being a bright spot in the lives of many people.
The Hudson Free Store, located at 307 W. Main St., in downtown Hudson, is exactly as its name sounds. Everything in the store is free of charge.
Whether that item is a piece of clothing, a pair of shoes, a hat, or even some household wares, all of it is free.
Items in the store are brought in through community donations. The store is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Hudson-area resident Kay Bigelow opened up the store during the Christmas holiday season in 2019. The store has remained open throughout the coronavirus pandemic, albeit closing down for a mere two weeks during the initial strain of the pandemic.
The store was deemed an essential service to the community, as it provided free items to the needy people of the community. At first, the store was operating on an appointment-only basis. Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in some ways, the store is back open to the community and operating normally.
Customers are still required to wear face masks when shopping in the store during business hours.
Bigelow, who operates the store along with fellow Hudson-area residents Connie Green and Jan Rickard, said operating the store and bringing it to the downtown shopping district of Hudson has been a blessing.
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