Tom Hart wanted to take something ugly and rundown and turn it into something beneficial to the community he loves.
Hart and his wife, Donna, bought “a couple of old, basically abandoned buildings on Main Street (in Grafton) and have tried to revitalize them, renovate them and turn them into something that would better serve the community,” he said.
The pair ultimately went on to start two new businesses in the space. Arts and Treasures is a retail store selling primitive home furnishings and decor retail store. The store opened about six years ago. Espresso Yourself, a coffee shop, opened in December.
Hart is part of a community of small business owners that is seeking to improve the quality of life in their own neighborhoods, he said.