Porter's is back.
The much loved craft store is reinventing itself under the new name of Porter's Outlet inside the original store at 19 College Ave. The outlet will sell overstocked items both from its brick and mortar store as well as online.
The store opened Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. and will be opened until 5 p.m. It will be opened again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the following day. It will be open on subsequent Fridays and Saturdays at the same time during the ensuing weeks.
Depending on how things go, the store could continue for the foreseeable future, said store worker Ed Davenport.
“Right now, we’re selling a lot of seasonal stuff. There’s a lot of fall, there’s a lot of Christmas wreaths and garlands. There’s a small section of leftovers from the old store,” he said.
Some of the leftovers include painting supplies and yarn.
The old store, Porter’s Craft & Frame, was a part of the community in one form or another for 100 years. It survived the Teton Dam Disaster in 1976 and continued being a crafters’ mecca up until it closed in the middle of 2018.
During the fall of 2018, A.C. Moore opened a craft shop inside Porter's but closed in November the following year. Since that time, a couple of businesses have rented office space there while original owners Chuck and Linda Porter continue to own the building.
At the time they closed their craft store, the Porter's said they were looking to do other things and possibly to retire.
Davenport has heard residents complain that there isn’t a craft store like the old Porter's in Rexburg. They’ve grumbled that they have to go to Idaho Falls to get what they need, he said.
“There’s some decent craft stores in Idaho Falls, but then you’re traveling to Idaho Falls and buying the gas to get there,” he said.
Whether the store continues past December will be determined by how well it does through the holidays, Davenport said.
“A lot of it depends on how it does and how it goes. It really is a bit of an experiment. We’ll see if it will resonate with people,” he said.
The Porter's weren't available for comment.