A new vision for Penn Yan

If you’ve walked down Main Street over the last month or so, chances are you’ve noticed a colorful storefront. However, you may be a bit puzzled about what’s inside.

It’s a new venture that includes design consulting, workshop space, retail space and venue rental.

“We are putting our vision out there to see if it will succeed in this community,” said Claudia Milroy, co-owner of ReFIND — A Creative Exchange. “This is a new concept that is interesting to this area.”

ReFIND is the brainchild of Milroy and Carrie VanValkenburg, who worked together at a Rochester architectural firm. They started their new venture May 16.

Milroy, a Massachusetts native, met her husband, Penn Yan Academy graduate Robert “Bo” Milroy, while they attended college in Boston. They lived in Boston and New Hampshire before moving to Penn Yan.

“We started a family and wanted to live in a small community. I loved the Finger Lakes from visiting here,” Claudia said. “That is how I met Carrie, and things just kind of spun from our friendship and our passion for design.”

VanValkenburg grew up in the Wyoming County community of Perry. She is a graduate of State University College at Geneseo with a master’s degree from Cornell. She worked at a large landscape architecture firm in Dallas before returning to New York, and now lives in the Branchport area.

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