Country Garden Florals and Gifts moves to French King Highway in Greenfield

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts owners Michele Pratt, left, and Annette McLean at their new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts’ new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts’ new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts’ new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts’ new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts’ new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts’ new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts’ new location at 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Country Garden Florals and Gifts has moved from 284 High St. to 70 French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/24/2020 1:28:12 PM

GREENFIELD — Country Garden Florals and Gifts is still in Greenfield and on the same side of the road, less than a mile from its original spot on High Street.

Owners Michele Pratt and Annette McLean opened at their new location at 70 French King Highway on Monday.

“The handful of people that came in had wonderful things to say. They said they were watching for the ‘Open’ sign,” Pratt said.

Pratt and McLean could not have imagined what the next eight months had in store when they purchased the customer list and phone number of Sigda Flowers and Gifts — where they had worked as floral designers — on Jan. 1, and started leasing the High Street location. First, the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm, forcing the two to close the doors. Then, the building was sold.

“We thought we were done at one point,” Pratt said this week. “It really hit hard. We shut down for COVID and we had no idea how long it was going to be.”

The state began reopening in phases, and Pratt and McLean said property owner Mark Leonard approached them about moving into the building they now occupy on the French King Highway. Pratt said they rent, with the option to buy.

The two owners said everyone that stopped by Monday said they would come back.

“They could see into the shop and it made them want to come in, which I thought was pretty nice,” McLean said of the window storefront at a three-way intersection. Pratt said the building at one time housed an ice cream shop and a car wash.

Country Garden Florals and Gifts is expected to be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays. More information is available at countrygardenfloralsandgift.com.

Jessica Shippee plans to move Lavish The Salon, now located at 30 Chapman St., to the original Country Garden Florals and Gifts building, at 284 High St., in October.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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