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The Black Crow on Main in downtown Elkhart to expand into former Skinner the Printer storefront

The Black Crow on Main will be expanding its nest into the space formerly occupied by Skinner the Printer.

Patrick Hopman, who took over ownership of The Black Crow in December, will open the wall that separates the two storefronts in order to create more space for vendor booths, according to a press release.

“There’s one goal in this — to invite a group of folks to come in, spend two or three hours, and find something truly interesting,” Hopman said.

The store, located at 224 S. Main St. Elkhart, has a home furnishing marketplace, a café and a gourmet shop inside.

Hopman is a longtime local businessman who loves both locally produced items and items he has found at auctions for resale. He intends to fill the new space with 20 to 25 booths for vendors to sell items year-round. He also plans to rent studio space on the third floor of the building for artists to work, with the chance to display and sell their pieces in the retail store.

The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and the café and gourmet shop are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

“You want places that make people think, ’This is Elkhart and this is why I call this place home,” Hopman said.

Joe Kuharic is the editor for Flavor 574

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