By Josh Davis, Associate Editor
(Sept. 6, 2018) Just over two years after opening on 25 Commerce Street in Berlin, the cured and fermented goods shop Gilbert’s Provisions announced plans Saturday to move into the 116 North Main Street slot most recently occupied by Main Street Sweets.
Gilbert’s Provisions opened in July 2016, sharing a building also occupied by Bruder Hill and tucked behind what would later become the Island Creamery.
It was somewhat hard to find, but thrived because of its unique offerings of cheese, charcuterie, kimchi and other fermented foods, and made-to-order tacos.
Owner Toby Gilbert also became a fixture of the Berlin Farmer’s Market by selling homemade sourdough bread.
In an online statement last Saturday, Gilbert said, “First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported Gilbert’s Provisions over the last few years. It’s been a fun journey and I look forward to this next chapter.
“Moving is always hard and often expensive. The move from the back alley on Commerce Street to Main Street will be night and day for the business,” Gilbert added, posting a note about an online fundraising drive to help with the move at www.gofundme.com/help-gilbert039s-provisions-reopen.
In exchange for donations, Gilbert said, he would offer VIP discount cards. Donors giving $50-$100 would receive a 5 percent discount for one year and those who contributed more than $100 would get 10 percent off for one year.
“The move will include permits, concrete and plumbing work, building a new counter and knee wall, as well as paint,” he said, adding the transition would occur during September.
“I could not be more pleased and grateful to have gained the following the business has in a few short years,” he said. “Your continuing support makes me work harder and constantly improve my business. This new chapter will allow Gilbert’s Provisions to grow as a business and eventually expand beyond one location.”
He hopes to reopen in the new location by the end of the month.