Chamber ribbon cutting welcomes florist to Dover-Foxcroft
June 5, 2017
By Stuart Hedstrom, Staff Writer
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Following nearly eight years operating in Parkman and another eight years prior in Florida, the full-service floral establishment Chloe’s Collections has a new home at 1 North Street near the intersection with Lincoln Street. Owner Joy Gregory was formally welcomed to the community with a Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony and Business After Hours event on the evening of June 1.
“I personally have to say I am so excited to have Joy here,” Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Denise Buzzelli said as the attendees gathered outside of Chloe’s Collections. Buzzelli said she had visited Gregory previously when the business was based in Parkman and at the time the executive director wished more of the region knew about Gregory.
“I was so taken with her ability to make everything look so beautiful,” Buzzelli said of Gregory’s talents. Buzzelli said the new location in the heart of Dover-Foxcroft will provide for much greater visibility for Chloe’s Collections. The business is named after Gregory’s eldest grandchild, who was born shortly before Gregory opened her first location in Florida in 2001.
Buzzelli then read aloud a letter to Gregory from U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, congratulating her on the new home of her business.
“I am happy and excited to join the Dover-Foxcroft business family,” Gregory said. She said she wanted to thank everyone who has helped her leading up to and since the opening just before Mother’s Day. Gregory said the welcome she has received has been heartwarming.
“After 15 years as a florist, my mantra is availability, affordability and quality are guaranteed,” Gregory said.
With her grandchildren Sabrina and Edward Hamele holding the ceremonial ribbon, Gregory snipped the fabric to a round of applause.
CHLOE’S COLLECTIONS STARTS TO BLOOM IN DOVER-FOXCROFT — Chloe’s Collections owner Joy Gregory cuts the ribbon held by her grandchildren Sabrina and Edward Hamele during a Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on June 1 at the new Dover-Foxcroft location of the business. The full-service floral establishment — named for Gregory’s eldest grandchild — had been located in Parkman since 2009 and in Florida for eight years prior.
Did you 'Petal it Forward?'
October 14, 2015
October 14, 2015
The Society of American Florists has launched a campaign to highlight the positive impact of flowers in everyday life. On Oct. 7 society participants across the country randomly presented two flower bouquets to people they come in contact with. Recipients were asked to “Petal It Forward” by giving one of their bouquets to someone special in their life or even to a stranger who could just use a smile. Chloe’s Collections Florist of Parkman thanks its bouquet recipients who then petaled it forward.
Chloe’s Collections Florist & Gift Shoppe reaches a half dozen years in Parkman
September 30, 2015
By Stuart Hedstrom, Staff Writer
CHLOE’S COLLECTIONS -- Chloe’s Collections Florist & Gift Shoppe owner Joy Gregory recently marked her sixth year in business at her location on Route 150 in Parkman, and 14th year overall going back to her time in Florida. Gregory is a full service florist and she also offers tuxedo rentals, one stop shopping for wedding and special occasion planning and Victorian and Shabby Chic gifts.
PARKMAN -- Chloe’s Collections Florist & Gift Shoppe owner Joy Gregory recently reached her sixth year in business at her location at 713 State Highway (Route 150). Gregory is a full service florist and she also offers tuxedo rentals, “one stop shopping” for wedding and special occasion planning and Victorian and Shabby Chic gifts.
“It was six years just last week,” Gregory said, about Chloe’s Collections, named for her oldest granddaughter. “She just turned 14,” Gregory said. She mentioned her granddaughter Chloe was only four weeks old when Chloe’s Collections & Gift Shoppe opened at its location in Florida, where Gregory lived and worked prior to moving to Maine.
Chloe’s Collections can provide floral arrangements for any occasion, with the mediums as varied as the designs as Gregory -- who has studied floral design at the Florida Art Institute and has a bachelor of arts in marketing and business management -- offers fresh, dried and papier-silk floral arrangements. Gregory is proud to offer delivery seven days a week and arrangements can be dropped off in Parkman, Cambridge, Harmony, Guilford, Sangerville, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Abbot, Shirley, Monson and Greenville.
“Teleflora picked us up this year so now we can send flowers around the world,” Gregory said. She said she is also affiliated with BloomNet and the Flower Shop Network to provide arrangement delivery.
Floral arrangements, gift baskets and other gifts from Chloe’s Collections can be ordered through several methods. Customers can stop by at the retail shop, housed in a renovated barn built in the 1830s, during the day Tuesday through Saturdays, place an order by phone at 876-2627 or through online contact forms at www.chloescollections.com.
Chloe’s Collections is a full service rental provider of Paul Morrell Formalwear and through a varied network of local service providers the business offers “one stop shopping” for wedding and other special occasions -- such as prom and graduations -- planning within budget. “Must remember” dates such as birthdays and anniversaries can be registered with Chloe’s Collections with customers being reminded 48 hours prior to the big day.
“I have been really lucky, most of the people I have worked for have been real gracious sharing testimonials and pictures with me and I’m thankful for that,” Gregory said about customers’ words and images posted on her website.
Gregory said the gift shoppe emphasis is on Victorian and Shabby Chic items and home accents. She said these gifts reflect these two eras, with Victorian from the 19th century and Shabby Chic Gregory describing as distressed vintage to reflect being from the 1960s and 1970s.
Throughout the year, Gregory marks the seasons with various events at Chloe’s Collections. “We will do our annual Leaf Peeper Weekend, serving hot cider and donuts each day from noon to 4,” she said about the refreshments on Oct. 10-12 or the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day Weekend.
Gregory believes in the importance of giving back. Gregory, who has worked for 26 years as an oncology nurse in both the hospital and through hospice case management, has contributed prize packages tying in with various holidays to be raffled to benefit area families with children coping with cancer.
She said again in 2015 Chloe’s Collections will be raising funds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year around Veteran’s Day a portion of every single sale over a multiple-day open house went toward the organization, and Gregory also donated a Thanksgiving centerpiece to be raffled in benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project and accepted direct monetary donations to go toward empowering veterans and their families through a variety of programs, services and events.
Chloe’s Collections Florist & Gift Shoppe is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with retail and Internet orders taken seven days a week and delivery available every day of the week as well. For more information, please call 876-2767 or go to www.chloescollections.com.
Chloe’s Collections working to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project
November 3 , 2014
By Stuart Hedstrom, Staff Writer
PARKMAN - With Veteran’s Day approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 11, many people are taking the time to think about the sacrifices made by those who served their country. One business owner is taking action by donating a portion of sales to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), a military/veteran’s charity organization empowering veterans and their families through a variety of programs, services and events.
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT RAFFLE — A Thanksgiving centerpiece is being raffled by Chloe’s Collections in Parkman, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. A percentage of all sales at the business on Veterans Day and through Nov. 14 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Owner Joy Gregory of Chloe’s Collections Florist & Gift Shoppe on Route 150 said she will be having an open house on Nov. 11 and from that Tuesday to Friday, Nov. 14 “a percentage of every single sale is going to the Wounded Warrior Project.” Gregory said those stopping by can also make direct donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization that offers some of its programs to honor and empower in the state of Maine.
“The most important thing is to thank our veterans,” Gregory said. “Everybody should get out and thank a veteran. Everybody just needs to stop and think about whey they are free and acknowledge what these people have given to us.”
Gregory will be conducting a raffle for an arrangement, with a candle as the centerpiece, for “the Thanksgiving table” as another fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. Gregory said members of her extended family have served in the armed forces, and recognizing all who have served “is really near and dear to my heart.”
On Monday, Nov. 10 SAD 4 will conduct its annual veteran’s celebration, starting at 1 p.m. at the Piscataquis Community Secondary School. Gregory said faculty and staff members will be given coupons to Chloe’s Collections to encourage them to stop by later in the week when portions of sales will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project.
“We have got to give back, that’s how I feel,” Gregory said, mentioning that Maine has one of the highest percentages in the nation of residents who have served or are in the military.
For more information on the Chloe’s Collections Wounded Warrior Project fundraisers, please call Gregory at 207-876-2767 or go to www.chloescollections.com.
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