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Passports to close famed Salisbury store

SALISBURY — Passports will be closing its antique and gift store on Main Street in September after more than 15 years in the community.

Passports was founded by the late Elaine LaRoche in the early 2000s as she was living overseas in Asia and had a passion for sourcing unique items during her travels.

In a 2019 article in Main Street magazine, LaRoche noted that she would “scour the countryside and send back containers of Chinese country furniture and vintage items” that would end up in her Passports store and then in the homes of those in the community.

The success and long-term tenure of the shop can be attributed not only to the unique offerings, but also to the excellent store management and curation by Christopher Baetz and others.

“Passports was one of my mother’s passions — she loved sharing the world with others. It has been almost three years since her passing and while Christopher has done an excellent job maintaining the store, we cannot source the same treasures she did. Ultimately, it is time to move forward,” said her daughter, Eve LaRoche.

Eve LaRoche will continue to own and maintain LionRock Farm in Sharon, which hosts weddings and events bringing new people to the community and creating a multitude of opportunities for local vendors and businesses.

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