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Plenty of fanfare for the grand opening of Marin Country Mart's Trading Post, a full service general store.

The Trading Post at Marin Country Mart sells shirts, hats, books, even plants. It also offers an additional service — as a U.S. Post Office.

The retail space opened quietly earlier this year, but brought out the big brass from a grand opening on Sept. 24. The Redwood High School Pep Band performed and event speakers included Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Supervisor Steve Kinsey and Larkspur Mayor Len Rifkind.

The Trading Post is privately owned but contracts with — and is regulated by — the U.S. Postal Service. It is the first of its kind in Marin County, according to the Marin IJ, which already has 24 traditional post offices.

The old-fashioned general store looks something like Sam Drucker's Store from the '60s sitcom "Petticoat Junction," where locals could buy all their supplies, and that's fine with Marin Country Mart owner James Rosenfield.

Rosenfield has said consistently since he bought the Larkspur Landing shopping center that he had a vision "for a village, a place that serves all the needs of the community."

The Trading Post added a new service recently, acting as a pickup spot for customers of Bloomfield Farm. Regulars at Saturday's weekly farmers market, which sets up just outside the Trading Post, are familiar with Bloomfield Farm, one of the venders. Bloomfield offers customers the chance to sign up for weekly orders, a box of mixed vegetables from the farm, which can be picked up at the Trading Post on Wednesdays.

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