As we face unique 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 April, Rockland Trust is randomly selecting one deserving small business to receive $1,000*.
We want to highlight the winning businesses, who are each giving back to the community in their own unique way. Our April 20 winner is Dolly’s Boutique ~ Simple Treasures in Weymouth.
About Dolly’s Boutique ~ Simple Treasures
When owner Dolly Hardy opened her business in 2012, she wasn’t exactly sure what running a retail business would entail.
“Over the past 7 years, with the most loyal & supportive customers, I have grown the business to an award-winning boutique offering fashions from New York and Los Angeles, including jewelry, accessories, handbags and home décor,” said Dolly.
When she met a customer who was diagnosed with cancer, Dolly began to offer fundraisers in her store. Guests get to shop for a few hours in a relaxed and inviting environment. Dolly whips up baked goods like cookies and brownies and also provides refreshments. At the end of the night, she donates 20% of all sales to the organization.
“It’s so important to give back, and in the 7 years since opening my little boutique, I’ve been able to donate more than $30,000 back to my community,” Dolly explained.
Donations from Dolly’s fundraisers have helped many organizations, ranging from local dance, soccer and hockey teams to animal shelters, foster care, the Boy Scouts of America, children in the community who are sick, and more.
In 2019, Dolly gave away 10 prom gowns to local young women in need. “To see the look on those girls’ faces was priceless,” Dolly shared. “This business gives me an opportunity to make a difference. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I feel incredibly grateful to live this life, and giving back is just a small token of my appreciation for this life I’m blessed to live.”
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dolly decided to use her business contacts for good to help her local community. She ordered surgical masks and donated them to local nurses, customers with elderly family members, her own friends and family, and “pretty much anyone that asked for one.”
She also has thought of new ways to connect with each other while we are socially distanced. “I created a group page on Facebook, offering to make gift baskets for loved ones. The orders started coming in, and I realized, ‘hey, I’ve never made a gift basket!’ But I learned quickly.”
Dolly creates personalized gift baskets and includes a personalized, hand-written note in every one. She also adds extra goodies at no charge, such as masks, candy and little extras to give the recipient a “virtual hug,” as she calls it.
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Small businesses are the backbone of our local economies and Rockland Trust is proud to support them. If you have a business in your community that you would like to nominate, please comment on our Facebook post.
*No purchase necessary; participants need not be customers of Rockland Trust. Void where prohibited by law. Entries accepted 4/1/20 - 4/26/20. 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: $4000 (four thousand dollars). Additional restrictions apply.
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