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Cooper's Construction 1973

Cooper’s Construction 1973

Cooper’s has been “Green” since before “Green” was a thing.

As you probably know, I am a second generation business owner. My Dad was an incredible visionary. He dreamed of having a gift shop that would be a good added attraction to his furniture store. He had an affinity for old barns, so he sketched out his ideas and had an architect draw up the plans. Then he bought 2 tobacco sheds from town, dismantled them and brought all the lumber to this site. He built this awesome building from 80% recycled materials in 1973, long before that sort of thing was “in.”

We try to carry on the tradition my dad started by reducing, reusing, and recycle as much as possible. Instead of purchasing displays, we proudly continue to use the antiques my dad collected to highlight our wares. Anyone who works in receiving knows how much packaging material comes with each shipment; however, we recycle as much cardboard as possible. We’re proud of supporting American businesses and buy locally as much as possible. We use recyclable paper bags and gift wrap instead of plastic or coated. And we’re always looking for new ways to be responsible to the environment. I like to think we’re making my dad proud. #shoplocal #livelocal #lovetheearth

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As part of our Round Up Program, now through April 30, Cooper’s will be designated a Dress for Success collection site. And for any professional clothing donation made here at the store, customers will receive a coupon for 20% off their total purchase of clothing and accessories. The coupon is valid for any one-time purchase of anything you can wear.

So clean out those closets and bring us your good condition, professional clothing and accessories that are no longer your fit or style. A few tips from Dress for Success:

What would you wear to a job interview? That is exactly the type of clothing we are looking for to distribute to our clients. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.

Additionally, many of our clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered and ironed, not more than 5 years old, and suitable for wearing to job interviews. Thanks!

What we are looking to collect:

What we can’t use:

We’ve got a collection site set up right on the front porch. Bring us your things and request your coupon. You don’t have to use the coupon right now — it does not have an expiration date. But we hope to add something special to your closet soon! #shoplocal #givelocal #rounduptogiveback

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img_2665You can’t avoid the fact that it’s parade season here in the Pioneer Valley. All things Irish are in full force with the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day parade coming to town this Sunday, March 19. It’s one of my favorite events of the year and I love all of the preparation that goes into the event. I love the community feel, the Irish heritage, the local pride.

I’m proud to carry the official Holyoke St. Patrick’s Tartan in the shop here at Cooper’s. There are only a few places around the valley you can find it and we’re proud to stock the neckties, scarves and corsages. It’s a beautiful tartan — and registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans. Have you ever wondered where the colors come from? According to the site:

[It was] designed in 2002 by Gerald D. Healy (2002 President) & Ralf L. Hartwell Jr for the Holyoke St Patrick’s Committee in Holyoke Massachusetts which is home to the second largest St. Patrick’s parade in the USA. Colours chosen: red, white & blue from the US flag; green white and gold from the Irish flag and the Parade Committee; green & white from the Holyoke Community College; purple & white from the Holyoke High School; green and gold from the Holyoke Catholic High School and black & gold from the Dean Vocational High School.

What distinguishes tartan from plain old plaid? Well a tartan design is specifically created for a particular clan. In this case, the Hoyloke clan. According to the insert that comes with each tartan piece sold:

The Irish People were more inclined to wear the Tartan of the Country where their families originated. Our objective in creating the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Tartan was to duplicate the Irish tradition and allow us to identify fall that is good about Holyoke. The colors selected came from: the American flag; the Irish flag, the Parade Committee; Holyoke Community College; Holyoke High School; Holyoke Catholic High School; and Dean Vocational High School. The amount of color in a tartan is not as significant as having the color represented. Some colors are easily identified while other are more difficult. For example: the blue from the American flag can be found where the blue crosses the purple; the gold (orange) of the Irish flag can be found where the red crosses the gold, and the black from Dean High School can be found where the red crosses the purple. The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Tartan having successfully completed all the requirements for international tartans has been awarded certificate #5772.

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Please wear the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Tartan in sound health and always with dignity and pride as it represents all that is good about Holyoke. All proceeds from the sale of tartan products will be used to offset the expenses of presenting the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

See you at the parade! #holyokepride

 

Many of my favorite items in the shop are the ones made right here in the USA. I love to support American manufacturers. Bonus points if the items was made here in New England. So I’m very proud of our new display at the front of the shop highlighting some of our American made products:

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Some our Massachusetts proud products of course include Yankee Candles from South Deerfield:

 

 

 

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Kringle Candles from Bernardston:

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And our curtains from A. L. Ellis have been manufactured in Fall River, MA for five generations:

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Dune Jewelry — the unique beach sand jewelry — is based in Boston:

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Our line of Mangiacotti plant-based personal care products hail from Attleboro:

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We also carry products made in the USA that help us celebrate our townie pride, like the Westerwald Pottery from Scenery Lane, PA and Paint the Town signs from right here in Three Rivers, MA:

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The town glassware is manufactured by Susquehanna Glass in Columbia, PA:

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The Bread & Bun Warmers by Seneca Ceramics come out of Phelps, NY:

All of our Barnett Products chair pads from come from Macon, GA:

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We’re proud to support artist Darren Gygi who creates his box signs in Utah:

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The Silver Forest jewelry is made in Bellows Falls, VT:

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I’d love to add even more American made items to our inventory. In fact, I’d like to take it hyper local and add some new items from right here in Western Mass. Do you know of a local artist, designer, craftsperson or maker who whose product might be a good fit for Cooper’s? Please encourage him or her to send us an email at coopercrew@aol.com with some photos and descriptions of their items. If we see something that looks like a fit, we’ll give them a call. We’d love to offer some more products locally made so let us know your talent. #buylocal #supportyourown

Last Summer, while vacationing at the Cape, a stranger helped to rescue our 6 year old son from a dangerous situation. It turns out that the “stranger” was actually from the same small town and I am a firm believer that she was a Heaven-sent guardian angel that day. We nominated Pamela Murphy, of the Agawam Fire Department, for a Hometown Hero Award from the Western Massachusetts American Red Cross, and she will be honored for her selfless act of heroism on March 17th. Amber Wakely, Editor of Go Local Magazine, tells the whole story perfectly here in her “Hometown Hero” article in the March 2017 issue. Pam, we love you, thank you and salute you! Here’s the link, find the story on page 41-42.

https://www.flipsnack.com/7BFD6B7EFB5/go-local-march-2017.html

You can also check out WWLP’s coverage of our hero here

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Grey is naturally a neutral; however, the color has so many shades it’s a very versatile neutral which can brighten up any room. From light grey to platinum to charcoal this color is anything but blah.

We’ve been having so much fun unpacking all of the new curtain styles here at Cooper’s. There are so many lovely grey hues highlighted in the new styles, it’s got me thinking about how else to incorporate this color into home decor.

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A few tips from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine:

  • Grey rooms can be dynamic and exciting.
  • Combining shades of gray is a subtle way to give any room character.
  • Dress up any room with gray stripes for a fresh look.
  • For a more graphic look, use hues with stronger contrast, such as a medium gray and pure white.
  • Gray is the perfect bridge between black and white.

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  • Break up large expanses of white with gray to create visual interest while maintaining a clean, neutral aesthetic.
  • Different shades of gray can be used to make a chic and sophisticated space.
  • Chameleon-like gray tends to adapt to its environment.
  • Using varying shades of gray helps diffuse the hue’s cool tendencies to create a softer look.
  • Use gray to define your style and put personal collections on display.
  • Use nature as inspiration when working with grays.

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Even if you usually only consider bolder colors when accessorizing your home, give grey another look. Incorporating this neutral into your home adds a classic touch. #ifounditatcoopers

What is Farmhouse Chic?

January 22, 2017

Do you love the country farmhouse look, but maybe not the chickens in the backyard? Love your neighborhood but wouldn’t mind accessorizing your home as if you lived in the country? Well it’s easy to incorporate a farmhouse look into your home. It’s called farmhouse chic and we scouted the shop for some easy ways to incorporate the look into your own home, without betting the barn:

Chicken Wire: There are many ways to accessorize your home using chicken wire and this basket is a great, functional piece. I’ve also seen ideas online using chicken wire in lighting, cabinet fronts, and picture frames.

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Distressed Furniture: This rustic table is a perfect example of how you can work a distressed piece of furniture into your home decor to give it a farmhouse feel. I can just imagine all of the wonderful meals that were eaten on this drop leaf table.

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Statement Signs: If this rooster wall hanging doesn’t scream farmhouse, I don’t know what does! Incorporating antique or statement signs is a great way to create a country look with minimal effort.

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Checked Prints: Our Logan check valances are the perfect farmhouse compliment for any room. You can find similar checked prints in tablecloths, napkins, bedding, and throw pillows.

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Rustic Metal: This six compartment metal bucket is a must have for any farmhouse kitchen. Works great for backyard picnics and on game day too.

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Sunflowers: You can never have enough sunflowers in an open field! Look for ways to use these beautiful blooms in your decorating…even if the real thing is not in season in your countryside.

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Canister Display: Keep the most used kitchen items at the ready with a lidded canister set.

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Cotton Wreath: We just received a shipment of the springy-est cotton wreaths you can imagine. Any natural element is going to be a perfect compliment for farmhouse decor.

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Rustic Wood: Even something as simple as a rustic wood picture frame can add a farmhouse touch to any room.

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As you can see, it’s not difficult to bring the style and comfort of farmhouse chic into your home decorating. Just look for simple, natural elements that embrace a relaxed feel. Farmhouse chic embraces simple lines, imperfections, and the beauty of the outdoors.

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Pantone Color Institute has announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery. I love the natural, vibrant feel of this color. It makes me think of spring, beautiful garden leaves, and that fresh green color that appears on the lawn after a rain shower.

According to Pantone:

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

New beginnings? Personal vitality? Restore? Renew? I’m sold!

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You can expect to see a lot of vibrant greenery in fashion and housewares this year. And of course we’ve got you covered here at Cooper’s. From curtains to pillows, lamps and potted greens, we have a great selection of greenery items throughout the store.

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We will be on the lookout to bring you even more great greenery items for your home this year. But we could use some suggestions for how you would use this color in your life.

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Is this vibrant green something you see yourself wearing in personal fashion? Jewelry? Would you paint a room this color? Use the comments field below to let us know.

 

Our personalized townie glassware is flying off the shelves! It’s the perfect personalized gift for a housewarming, birthday, anniversary….any special occasion! We have many local towns in stock: Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Enfield, Feeding Hills, Hampden, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Somers, Southwick, Springfield, Suffield, West Springfield, Westfield. The best part: we can custom order for ANY town — you just need to order a minimum of four glasses. Turnaround time is about three weeks. Made in the USA, excellent quality: $16.99 for stemware, $14.99 for stemless and pint glasses. Stop by or call today to order!

What Shop Local Means to Me

November 22, 2016

Did you know that you can vote every day with your wallet at small businesses? I just want to let you know that for every $1 you spend here locally, 70 cents stays right here in your local community. That’s so important…for our teachers, for our policemen, firefighters…our entire community. So, please…go out and shop local with your local businesses. Get your coffee from your local, independently-owned shop. Choose the family-owned restaurant over the chain. Go to the places that are local that you love. Because I promise you, they will love you back. The best things come from small boxes and the locals love you more!
We live and breathe the Shop Local Movement and what it means for our community. We don’t believe in competition among small businesses. We’re traveling the same journey and we feel that the stronger our circle, the more we all thrive. To Cooper’s, sharing the “local love” does not diminish our success…it only amplifies it. You win, we win. Ready? Set…GO!

Best Wishes,

Kate & The Cooper’s Crew