Nominate your go-to gift store in the comments; it may be voted a Readers' Choice later this summer.
Monday, June 18, 2012
If it's near and dear to your heart, Patch wants to know – tell us about EG's best gift shop. Nominate your favorite gift store in the comments below. Once you do, Patch will officially add it to the running for best of the best – and later this summer, it may beat out the competition to become the number one Readers' Choice. We will take nominations through July 9; voting begins July 23.
Sisters blend their sales, management and marketing skills.
Some six months ago sisters Judi Connery and Polly Stacey were out together talking about what type of business they thought Main Street needed. Judi lives in Bristol and Polly lives nearby in Warwick. As they talked they came up with the concept of a vintage artisan and gift gallery, or what they call a modern antique store. The concept was unique gifts, one of a kind, whether they are vintage, true vintage or modern artisan hand-made items. They thought their idea was so good they should do it. Polly’s experience includes big box retailing at all levels and Judi oversees marketing for Roger Williams University. Convinced they had a great idea, they started buying inventory, planning and doing the business start up paperwork. Judi worked …