As Liz Nolan reported in our Patch Passport series this summer, is one of the more unique shops to explore when shopping in Northborough.
A resident of Northborough for 36 years, Vicki Martelli has been the owner of for 15 of those years. She had visions of opening a tea room in town, but her plans were changed due to the site not having town sewer. That change of plans has worked out very well, as The Purple Rose continues to grow since it opened.
The eight-room, two-story gift shop carries just about anything you can think of, including dinnerware, bedding, bath and body products, items for the baby’s room, a card line, candles, Spartina pocketbooks, and Dash & Albert rugs.
The Purple Rose has managed to surf through the economic downturn by keeping on top of trends. It has grown so much that the Rose just hired someone for web sales.
"We are unique and people always shop us," said Kimberly Reed, Martelli's daughter. "Our sales are up almost 10 percent over last year. And we keep it new and fresh to inspire our clients. We feel shopping local is what helps economies grow. That is why we collaborate with Yama, Coco and Piel. Keep people in the know."
On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, fall items will be half off.
Also, get 20 percent off purchases in stock on regular priced items with mention of this write-up in Patch.