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February 22, 2012

Retail rites of spring

Fowle's News set to depart as new shops wait in the wings

NEWBURYPORT — The change of seasons often brings new merchants to town, and this year is no exception. As spring approaches, several well-known retail properties will be hosting new enterprises.

On lower State Street, this is a Brave New World moment: The long-running Fowle's newsstand and magazine store will be closing in the coming weeks.

Ann Lagasse, leasing agent for the building's owner, Newburyport Development, would not confirm a change of tenants, but two employees said the store will be closed by March 31.

"I never comment without a signed lease in my hand," Lagasse said.

It is rumored that Cathy's Country Kitchen in Rowley will move into the 17 State St. building, but phone calls to Cathy's seeking comment were not returned.

In other areas of the city, a new food outlet is scheduled to open in mid-March on Inn Street, in the space formerly occupied by Sip.

The restaurant is Mandavara, and it will offer healthy juices and vegan fare, as well as soups, desserts and "delicious treats."

Elie Vyn, a Wenham resident who has experience in the catering business, will operate the business with assistance from her daughter, Mary Vyn, who is a chef.

Elie Vyn said Mandavara was a wellness pioneer in India who became known for encouraging healthy food and wholesome lifestyles.

The Orange Leaf is also in line to open in the coming weeks at the site of the former Monkey's Fist at 35 Market St.

Orange Leaf is a national chain with 130 stores and "78 more are coming," according to its website. It will offer "self-serve frozen yogurt" in a healthy and appealing family format, organizers say.

Agave, at 50 State St., is expanding on its first floor. Managers say the eatery, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will have more space for customers come this spring.

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