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Future of Shopping Small

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Future of Shopping Small
Back in March, before COVID-19 was in our daily worry and conversation, the Gillette Main Street program sent out information about a grant opportunity through Main Street American x American Express. I thought, why not apply? 

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The History of 219 - Happy Historic Preservation Month

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The History of 219 - Happy Historic Preservation Month
May is Historic Preservation Month and I cannot let this month slip past without bragging about our building. The 219 building (which currently houses Magpie) is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Gillette. It was built in 1898 and served as the City Hall until the 1930's. When it was first constructed it was built out of wood, that wood remains in the walls today, built over but not forgotten.

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Gram's Banana Tea Bread

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Gram's Banana Tea Bread
I’m a hopeless optimist. I am constantly looking for the good. I honestly believe everything happens for a reason and, given time, you’ll figure out why. Which is why I am struggling with the Coronavirus and the circumstances we find ourselves in. But, ever the optimist, I am trying to find good in this crisis and I have found it in my grandma’s recipe box.

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Why Magpie?

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Why Magpie?
I was raised in my mom’s women’s clothing store, right here on Gillette Avenue. In the same building my business, Magpie Designs, is currently in. I grew up around retail. Watching my mom work with customers, build a business, and make a difference in her community. I did not know it then, but it is what I wanted to do when I grew up.

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