Molly’s Dairy Bar on Highway 311 in North River will soon be the new home for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester. The agency is beginning renovations and an addition to the building, moving in sometime in early 2019. They plan to continue to operate the dairy bar next season. Submitted photo

NORTH RIVER – For almost half their 40-year existence, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester has called 26 Logan St. home.

Now, the organization is set to move to a new location thanks to expanding programs and need.

“We couldn’t keep this exciting news to ourselves anymore,” said Michelle Misener, executive director of the agency. “Sometime in the early new year we will be settling into our new digs, Molly’s Dairy Bar.”

Those with the agency have many fond memories of the Logan Street building over the last 18 years, including the beginning of Big Bucks, which has allowed them to grow and serve the community in many new ways; grow so much in fact, that a new space was needed.

Misener couldn’t hide her excitement as she shared the plans and ideas for Big Brothers Big Brother’s new location.

Within the next month, Flagship Construction will be busy putting on a 24 by 45-foot addition to the building to accommodate present and future office requirements. With Big Bucks traffic increasing weekly, a parking lot with more than 40 spaces was also a huge draw to this location.

“But we are most thrilled about the vision we have for the beautiful green space behind the building, Misener said. “We want this to be an affordable and fun family destination for all Colchester residents.

The agency has plans for a beautiful playground, directly behind the building. They’re also thinking mini putt, trains, water activities, and more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters knows that this news likely comes with some sad faces as well, as families wonder where they will go for their Sunday ice cream cone now.

“Next season, we will continue to operate the dairy bar and we will take on this new and exciting challenge as a social enterprise. This change allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide youth in their programs with summer employment opportunities, on-the-job training, and helping to prepare them for their future. Any profits from the dairy bar will go directly back into programs for children and youth.

“The future looks bright for our agency,” said Misener.

The “Big Move” as the agency has coined it would not be possible without the unwavering support from this entire community.

“We can’t wait to share updates and more news as we begin construction,” said Misener. “We are inspired daily by the children, youth and families we serve to be even more invested in this community. We feel that our new location will allow us to do just that.”

To stay up-to-date on all the latest news with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @BBBS or visit their website www.colchesterkids.ca.