ANDERSON – Within the next few weeks the bait shop on the east side of Shadyside Lake should be open again.
The Anderson Park Board on Tuesday voted to award a three-year contract to Stacie Cowgill to reopen the bait and tackle shop, which was closed last fall.
Cowgill’s proposal was accepted over one submitted by Paul Surface.
Cowgill said she worked for PetSmart for five years and knows how to maintain the equipment for the live bait in the shop.
“It’s about fishing but also maintaining the environment of the shop,” she said.
Following the vote Cowgill said she hopes to open the shop as soon as possible once the contract is negotiated with the Anderson Parks Department and the building is cleaned.
She has worked with the park department in the past and currently operates a food truck.
Once it opens, the bait shop will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and could be opened through the winter months, depending on business.
“I grew up fishing with my grandfather in Florida,” Cowgill said.
Cowgill said her food truck will be at the location until the bait shop is cleaned and ready for business.
Surface said he would have loved to run the bait shop.
“It’s all about the fishing and not selling hot dogs,” he said. “I’ve been around fishing all my life. I want to try to teach people what I know.”
Surface said people don’t fish as much as they used to and someone has to teach kids how to tie a knot and bait a hook.
“Running a bait shop is not about making money,” he said. “You hope to break even.”
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