Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s a dream 10 years in the making.
The idea to create a hands on play experience for families, while also offering a place to shop, learn and be entertained, right here in Lockport.
For Kathy O’Keefe, her dream of creating such a place is only a couple months away from becoming a reality. Windsor Village, the site of the former Lewis Flower Shop at 43 Stevens St., is set to open Sept. 1. At that time, the first five shops in the complex will open, offering both a retail shopping experience and hands on play area.
The GrassRoots Mercantile will be located at the front of the complex. There, people can shop through a variety of local and regionally made products, along with Made in America items. O’Keefe said she wanted to highlight upstart companies who use raw products from the United States and produce them to the next level.
There will also be children’s section, filled with toys that inspire learning and development. They will also carry toys for children with special needs.
The second area will be Sprout 1825, a hands on learning room to teach children what life in Lockport was like in 1825.
Visitors will see Main Street Lockport in 1825, where they can play in a school house, visit the general store, roll dough and hang clothes on the line to dry. Children can also play dress up and use a crane to lift rocks up along the canal. Spout 1825 will have a replica of the Lockport cave and the Flight of Five locks. In the cave, children can do some digging and learn about geological formations. In the Flight of Five, children can move a boat through the Erie Canal, learning about the engineering of the locks.
“They will be able to see, feel and touch the way life was in 1825,” said O’Keefe.