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May 27, 2018

Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. It’s Kate’s 30th Anniversary as Shopkeeper at Cooper’s and we have a fabulous party planned. Mystery Discount up to 30% off your purchase. FREE Pearl Necklace ($30 value) as a gift with any purchase, while supplies last. Sip champagne and enjoy cupcakes from Auntie Cathie’s Kitchen.


Cooper’s Shopkeeper Celebrates 30 Years with Pearl Anniversary Event

Agawam, Massachusetts. Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 2018- Cooper’s Gifts Apparel Home of Agawam is celebrating Kate’s 30th year as Shopkeeper with a Pearl Anniversary Event.

“It has been a love story. It’s my story of how I, rather reluctantly, got involved in the family business, and how it changed my life. I grew up here, coloring at the wrapping counter after school and working in the shop all through high school. I was in school for Nursing when my Dad asked if I would come back to Cooper’s as Manager, just for the summer.  I was so not interested but Dad was very convincing, so I agreed, just for the summer. That was 30 years ago, which seems surreal. Time truly does fly when you’re having fun!” Said Kate Gourde, Owner of Cooper’s Gifts Apparel Home.

Once I started doing more than just sales, the buying, the merchandising, the marketing…I was hooked. I was working 7 days and 2 nights a week for a long time, but I loved every minute of it. We were in a deep recession, but Cooper’s showed consistent growth each and every month. I brought in new lines, had a ball creating displays and loved developing meaningful relationships with my customers.

Guests may enjoy cupcakes from the neighboring Auntie Cathie’s Kitchen, with champagne and lemonade. Everyone can select a Mystery Discount with savings up to 30% off their entire purchase. And, while supplies last, a pearl necklace valued at $29.99, will be a gift with any purchase.  A portion of the events sales will fund the Arthur J. Leary, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of Kate’s father.

“Every year I enjoy helping a student further their education, to honor my Dad. Applicants must be an Agawam resident, majoring in Business. I am looking forward to presenting this year’s recipient with their award on June 7th, but they don’t know it yet. We always keep our winner a surprise until presentation.” Gourde said.

“Owning a business and having a young family does not allow much time for volunteering and doing the charity work that I yearn for, so I’ve developed ways to incorporate that into the store. We recently added the Round Up Program, which we’ve proudly been able to donate over $11,000 to local charities. It’s the generosity of our customers, and we just provide the vehicle to drive it. I am very proud of that.” Said Kate.

“I have made friendships that have stood the test of time. I’ve watched babies be born, grow up and shop now with their little ones. I’ve assisted them in finding the perfect gifts for all the happy and the sad occasions that life sends us. I consider myself lucky to have had the honor to help them choose gifts that speak what is in their hearts, and turn their homes into havens with personalized decor selections. I am so grateful for the twist that my life took, and I would not change a thing. I want to thank all of our customers for being a part of my love story.” Gourde said.

In conjunction to the Anniversary celebration at Cooper’s, a new business neighbor, Great2bHome Polish Pottery & Unique Gifts, will cut the ribbon for its Grand Opening. “We love all small businesses and cheer them on; we hope our customers will stop in to welcome Laurie and say hello.”

Details and an application form for the Arthur J. Leary, Jr. Memorial Scholarship can be found on the Cooper’s Gifts website For more information on the Round Up program and how to nominate a charity, go to

Cooper’s is located at 161 Main St., Agawam, and is open Daily 10am-6pm, Thursdays 10am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 12-5pm.

Kate Gourde, Shopkeeper

Cooper’s Enlists the Aid of Customers to Honor Fallen Vets this Memorial Day

Agawam, Massachusetts. Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018- Cooper’s Gifts Apparel Home of Agawam is offering a free rose to anyone that would like to honor a fallen veteran by decorating their grave.

“Please help us honor the memory of our fallen veterans with a free rose. The Memorial Day Flower Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to put long-stemmed roses on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. They have been doing this since 2011 in Arlington National Cemetery (last year placing 120,000 roses) and in hundreds of communities all across the country.” Said Kate Gourde, Owner of Cooper’s Gifts Apparel Home.

Everyone is invited to come in to Cooper’s Gifts Apparel Home on Saturday or Sunday for a free flower to place on the grave of a veteran in your local cemetery.  “If you don’t have a deceased family member who is a veteran, you can still take a flower and decorate the grave of ANY veteran to remember them. We have 250 roses, so this offer is limited, while supplies last.” Gourde said.

In addition to the roses, guests may enter to win a large handcrafted wood American 20’ x 36” flag made by Rustic Marlin, of Hanover, Massachusetts ($149 value). Cooper’s will feature many of its lines that are made in the USA; many even right here in the Bay State. “We invite our guests to stay, shop and perhaps play a game of corn hole out on the lawn! Cooper’s will offer a 20% discount of entire purchase for active and retired military all weekend.” Gourde said.


Cooper’s regularly supports the military and its veterans through supply drives and the store Round Up program. “In the fall, we supported Wreaths Across America as our Round Up charity; and we were thrilled to raise enough to lay 70 wreaths at The Massachusetts Veterans‘ Memorial Cemetery here in Agawam .” Gourde said. Each month Gourde chooses a local charity to receive the profits of the store’s Round Up program through which customers are invited to round up their purchase total to the next dollar amount. Gourde will then match 50% of the total collected. The program has donated over $12,000 to local organizations since its inception in 2014. Cooper’s is seeking nominations for other local charities to consider in the coming months. More information on the Round Up program and how to nominate a charity, may be found on Cooper’s Gifts website

Cooper’s is located at 161 Main St., Agawam, and is open Daily 10am-6pm, Thursdays 10am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 12-5pm.