As we face unprecedented and uncertain times, one thing remains clear: many small businesses in our local communities need our support now more than ever. Rockland Trust asked on social media for nominations for local small businesses that are making an impact in the communities they serve. Each Monday in May, Rockland Trust randomly selected one deserving small business to receive $1,500*.
Each of our winners finds its own unique way to give back to the local community. Below, you can learn a little about each business. For a more in-depth profile, check out their Support Small Businesses Spotlight:
Since 1984, Tumblefun Gymnastics has taught kids gymnastics through fitness and fun. By working on all aspects of a child's development, relying on generations of gymnastics training and providing an exciting, imaginative and stimulating atmosphere, Tumblefun Gymnastics Owner Vicki McPherson creates a positive experience for all students. The family business hosts birthday parties, kids night out, and drop-off summer programs, and provides support for community families in need.
Between the Roses Florist is a family-run business established in 2018 that is owned and operated by Patricia Westgate. Between the Roses Florist aims to create a welcoming environment for customers, working closely with them to ensure that their event is just as — or better — than they imagined. From helping out in schools to supporting many fundraisers, Patricia loves looking for new opportunities to give back and Between the Roses Florist enables her to share her gifts and talents in many new and exciting ways.
In 1974, Arax Market owner Betty Bassmajian’s parents decided to open the local market in Watertown, home of the largest Armenian community in Massachusetts. Through their hard work and dedication, Arax Market became a staple in the neighborhood. Over the years, Betty’s family built the business’s foundation by providing quality products at fair prices and treating the community as extended members of the family. Arax Market has helped older adults in their community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic through services like delivery, curbside pick up, and even increasing production of homemade meals to remove one less worry from customers’ days.
Owner and Designer Lou Barnicle has been in graphic design since graduating college. She enjoys her work, including the ability to be creative and play with different designs, colors and fonts. Lou works with clients from a wide range of industries including restaurants, retail, music, education, and entertainment.
Now more than ever, it’s important for us to rally around our local businesses that are the backbone of our local economy. We at Rockland Trust have enjoyed learning about your favorite local businesses in April and May, and hope you continue to find ways to support these businesses in the days, week and months ahead. Check out our Learning Center for helpful content about everything from your day-to-day finances, retirement and owning a home to owning your own business.
*No purchase necessary; participants need not be customers of Rockland Trust. Void where prohibited by law. Entries accepted 5/1/20 - 5/25/20. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries. Owners or employees may not nominate their own business. Individual business owners must be 18+. Taxes sole responsibility of winner. Total prize value: $6,000 Additional restrictions apply.
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