NOANK — Christmas came early in Noank this year, Sunday, Dec. 21 to be precise, with the reopening of Carson’s Store.

The store closed suddenly on Jan. 2, 2014 when owner David Blacker quietly shut its doors without giving an official statement. The move came as a surprise and left many residents stunned.

Now just as suddenly, those same people are equally surprised and very happy.

Christine McGuire has worked behind the counter of the small restaurant for years and has become the face of the store. On Dec. 23 she was all smiles, explaining that she, David and Andrew Blacker, who serves as cook, decided to make a go of it.

“It’s great to be back,” McGuire said, while welcoming in old familiar faces into the restaurant. Those entering did the same, making the day seem more like a family reunion than a store now open for business. That’s because in Noank, Carson’s is indeed family.

According to McGuire, the three had talked about reopening the store for several months. It has been an integral part of the community for generations and with some minor changes the store could remain open.

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