Opening of Many Graces flower shop at Thorne’s Marketplace in Northampton, all produce grown at Hadley Farms
Many Graces, a flower shop that grows its produce on Hadley farmland, opens on the first floor of Thornes Marketplace.
The boutique will host a soft opening from February 1-14 and a grand opening on March 1.
“We can grow so many things that you could never find in traditional retail stores,” said Rebecca Maillet, who founded the store in 2018. “I can’t wait to let people see the true richness of beauty that it is possible to generate from our landscape.”
Many Graces will offer year-round floral subscriptions, botanical decor, cut flowers, houseplants, dried flowers, centerpieces, dahlia tubers suitable for planting by local gardeners, and flower terrariums dried. They also do wedding and event design consultations.
“We look forward to connecting with the community in ways that we haven’t had the opportunity to do yet. We look forward to having a daily face in the community and being able to talk to people about what’s involved in our work and to show how abundant our products are,” said Kel Komenda, Managing Director of Many Graces.
The shop, which previously operated solely as an online store, offers more than 250 varieties of specialty cut flowers.
“We planted 12,000 specialty tulips in the fall, so people should be excited about that,” Komenda said. “I didn’t really think a tulip was an interesting flower, but the kind that Rebecca grows is stunning and can grow up to three feet tall.”
The produce is grown on eight and a half acres of land in Hadley. The owner prides the store on farming under organic certification practices. This means they rotate where they plant on different fields to restore them before planting again.
Maillet’s love of flowers is also a personal bond.
As a child, Maillet and her mother ventured into the woods to find unique plants to make centerpieces. This passion continued while she was the primary caregiver for a friend with cancer.
“Flowers were really a balm for the difficulties of that time,” Maillet said. “They were the little beings who gave us beauty, hope and joy in what was an inherently difficult time. After Ruth passed away, I found myself gravitating to flowers to stay close to her.
Maillet plans to employ a team of 10 to 12 staff this season for jobs such as farming, retail and events like weddings. Komenda specifically noted that they hope to communicate what it means to be a small business with a young staff and continue to support the local economy. Those interested in employment can find out more on their website.
“Our success so far reflects all hearts – mine, Kel’s, and those of our staff – and also, perhaps most importantly, the enthusiasm and support of the community,” Maillet said. . “We are really excited to be in Thornes because we will have more time with the community that has already built us up so much over the past four years. We are delighted to be more present.