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Spring Itch Has Businesses Playing Musical Storefronts

by Bobby Blair
March 15, 2018

Like the game of musical chairs, business owners in town seem to be circling the wagons for available space. Beth Darling, who may be known locally as the woman with the pushcart parked near Depot Liquors around Mother's Day, told the Reporter that she finally ran out of space in her home. Darling recently rented a storefront at 32 Central Street, formerly the shop for the Candy Cottage http://www.thecandycottage.biz/http://www.thecandycottage.biz/ which recently changed location two doors down to 44 Central Street, which happened to be the former location of Debra's Flowers. Debra's Flowers is now located on Norfolk Street  http://www.debrasflowers.com/

Darling, above, has yet to put up her outside shingle, but is looking forward to providing her customers with flowers for weddings and events and can make custom arrangements on request. Darling will also hold workshops on the first Friday of every month. The shop's website can be viewed here:

http://www.bdarlingfloral.com/index.html

Beth Darling Floral's hours are Tuesday-Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-6, Saturday 11-4, and closed on Sunday and Monday.

Janine's Jewelry Design, which until recently was housed at 31 Union Street (the former location of Kamala Boutiques), has moved to the building below at 841 Washington Street, the former location of Rae Finn's Hog Wash and Rhinestones shop. /https://www.hogwashnrhinestones.com/

Janine Gerade told the HollistonReporter.com that her former location at 31 Union was being placed on the market for sale. Gerade combines her retail sales along with classes which she is presently teaching through the town's Parks & Rec Department. Gerade also sells jewelry wholesale to area businesses. Her website can be found here: info@janinedesign.com

Richard Hills, above, has relocated his Antique Clock Shop operation from 410 Washington Street (Ma Rossini's former house for you old Hollistonians) westerly to the center of town in the storefront formerly occupied by Henry's Photos. Hills said his move was prompted by better visibility and a larger space.  Their website is: HillsAntiqueClockRepair.com 

Moving in the other direction will be Kamala Boutique, owned by Kate Lamontagne. Kamala's move is just two doors down to 747 Washington Street, the former location of Bay Bank and Miller Wachman, who now has an office in the Water Street Mill. Miller Wachman Accountants previously were located across the street at 760 Washington, next to the library. When the music stops everyone please grab a chair, and the person left standing is out of the game.

Lamontagne, above, in her new larger digs is looking to consolidate her operation by selling the building at 31 Union Street along with the move from 763 Washington Street the former (many moons ago) location of the Holliston Savings Bank. Kate noted that at each location she now has large walk-in safes. While her operations are not yet pulled together under one roof, Lamantagne said she hopes to be out at 763 Washington by early June. Her new abode includes enough room for her classes as well as expanded retail sales. Kate's website: http://kamala-boutique-603601.shoplightspeed.com/service/about/

So if you're planning on opening a storefront in town, maybe its time to grab a chair before the music stops, and you're left standing and out of the game of entrepreneurship.

 

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