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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 www.coopersgifts.com. For more information on the Round Up program and how to nominate a charity, go to www.coopersgifts.com/round-up/.

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