ZUMBROTA — Time is running out. After 19 years as an anchor in Zumbrota’s thriving downtown business community, Crossings at Carnegie is closing its doors.
“As hard as it is to believe, no one has purchased Crossings, so it appears we'll be closing sometime in September,” said Marie Marvin, owner.
A final reception for the public will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. A concert by Six Mile Grove will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre next door.
“Please, help us go out with fireworks,” Marvin said.
Over the years, Crossings served the public in the form of concertgoers, shoppers and students of art classes — but, importantly to Marvin, it also served artists, writers, and musicians who needed a place to perform and showcase their work.
"One of my favorite parts of this job is when I sell a piece of original art. Fewer people buy original art these days, and it's a thrill to be able to validate an artist's life."
At Crossings, visitors were inspired and imagination thrived. It jumpstarted an “arty” community and is now well seated in the assembly of businesses that made Zumbrota a destination shopping town.
"There's so little community in our world these days,” she said. “Everybody's hanging out with the same people. They're all inside their houses. This is the kind of place where community can happen."
She is looking forward to retirement but also looking back on her accomplishment. “My hope is that all of you have been somehow fed, lifted up and inspired by what's happened here these past 19 years,” Marvin said to supporters in a Crossings newsletter.
With hundreds and even thousands of Crossings goers who have experienced the space, Marvin knows there is a lot of sadness surrounding the impending closing. “I would still love to find that next leader, someone who could keep Crossings going for the next two decades.”
Find concert information at www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.