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Goodbye Sweet Boutique :(

January 19th, 2010


Today I stopped in at Sweet Boutique to say goodbye because they’re closing up shop at the end of the month. I didn’t go in there all the time but when I did, I ended up talking with Jean, the owner, or her daughter Michelle for a while and they are both such incredibly nice people.
When I walked in, Michelle’s husband who owns the Bedrock Comics next door, recognized me and cheerfully teased me that I finally got a new camera. I thought it was funny that he remembered how crummy my camera was over 5 years ago when I posted about his shop.
We had a nice talk about Framingham and what it’s like for small businesses in town. It’s not easy. I understand there are rules and everything, but from doing this blog and talking to a lot of small business owners, I hear a lot of anguish they get from the town with permits for signs and flags just to let people know they’re open. Framingham can be a really tough place to run a small business and compete with the big businesses, a lot of which are “exempt” from the same rules to hang the same types of signs. It can be really frustrating.
It’s not all town-related reasons that they’re closing. Online vendors and the fact that specialty candy is available even at places like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx have been slowly effecting business since they started 6 years ago.

Goodbye to a really nice small business and good luck to Jean and Michelle!

4 Comments »

  1. It’s sad because some of my co-workers and I do go there from time to time(we’re in walking distance) just to get cokes or even a bit of the sweet stuff.

    It’s like we’re losing the smaller shops that have character and we’re gaining next to nothing from it.

    I just hope good pizza joints like Giannis aren’t next.

    Well, anyway,

    Comment by Mark January 23, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

  2. i was trying to call them but their phone was disconnected. i did a search on them and came upon your site. i’m so sad to see them go. i’ll need to go hunt for a place that sell choc molds now. thank you for sharing.

    Comment by thuy hill February 4, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  3. I LOVED this candy store. Went there several times to have special chocolate pops made for my kiddos Birthday party favors, holidays, etc. The personal service couldn’t be beat. I was sad to see such a great small business close up!

    Comment by Karen April 1, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

  4. Such a helpful blog to confirm that this store, in fact, closed. I just drove up and down route 9 looking for that cute candy shop (“I could have sworn it was next to the comic store, but I’ll swing around again”)—I figured it was closed and we went to CVS — although we knew they would not have her preferred special treat (candy necklace and bracelet)

    Comment by Donna August 22, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

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