The team working with Samantha Smith (second from right) at Gather.

One night it may be an art show. The next rented out for meeting space. The next, a pop-up shop.

You never know what will pop up, and that exactly the way Samantha Smith, the new owner of Gather, located in the former Waiting Station location wants it.

Smith, who grew up in Short Beach and has returned to Branford after 30 years on the west coast, is hoping that residents will stop by to see what is likely to be an eclectic selection of events at the space, in addition to a working space to run her successful corporate planning company.

That goal will start this weekend during the Branford Festival, when Gather will host an art show, featuring many local photographers selected by Smith and her staff.

For those looking to check out the new space and meet a few artists, an opening night reception will be held Thursday, June 13. From 6 to 8.

How the space is transformed from the former Waiting Station, which was a childhood memory of Smith’s when it was located in Short Beach, to Gather will change on a regular basis. There will be dividers in the space, allowing it to be split into smaller spaces and used by the community and her staff. Already, a small pop-up shop with a mixture of eclectic items is on display, items selected based on simply how interesting they may be, from collectible cards to photo negatives.

While the initial art show will likely remain in place over the summer, there is no telling what else may be on display in the space. A pop-up shop, vendor market, wine and liquor tasting event, wreath and flower classes, author events, an upcycled stocking stuffer market are all potential events, and to find out, you may just need to open up the door and find out for yourself.

For now, those interested in this weekend art show or opening reception, simply stop in during the Festival! You can add yourself to the event on Facebook here.

Gather is located at 1048 Main Street, Branford, CT


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