Harmony's village post office open for business
Harmony business owner Suzie Rape hopes the new post office in town will bring more business and foot traffic to the small shops that dot the streets of the historic borough, founded in 1804.
“It's wonderful that we have this here now,” she said. “It's going to bring business on the street. People will have to park at the museum and walk down past the stores.”
Rape's shop, Suzie's Corner, is across the street from the new Village Post Office that opened Wednesday in the Harmony Museum's Wagner House gift shop.
The Postal Service developed village post offices in 2011 to serve rural communities without a post office or one is operating with reduced hours. There are more than 400 village post offices nationwide; Harmony's village post office is the first in Butler County.
Larry McClain, regional manager of post-office operations, said with many post offices planning to cut hours in 2014 the village post office has become an “excellent avenue for customers.”
Harmony's village post office brings back many basic, retail services from the Postal Service the town sorely missed. The Harmony post office, formerly in the borough's municipal building, closed in 2009 after the lease expired.
John Ruch, president of Harmony Museum, said officials applied to get a village post office at the Harmony Museum in August.
“We thought it would be a convenience to have a post office back,” he said. “The more we looked into it, the more appealing it seemed to be.”
Customers can buy stamps, obtain Priority Mail Flat Rate supplies, drop off prepaid packages for Postal Service pickup and deposit mail in the sidewalk collection box, said Postal Service retail specialist Nita Riggs.
The Village Post Office will follow Harmony Museum's operating hours: noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Customers can park for free in the museum's lot which is adjacent to the building.
The post office's new home, the Wagner House, housed the town's post office for many years before it moved to the municipal building in 1967.
Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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