On display at Bittersweet Blessings Country Gifts in Chester, river rocks bear the messages of donors who have purchased a rock to contribute to the Chester Clothes Closet. (HUNTER McGEE PHOTO)
Bittersweet Blessings humbled by Chester success
The business has been thriving since it moved into Douglas Hall on the former college campus in February, said owner Michelle Stein. On its opening weekend, 750 people stopped by, and sales have continued to climb since then.
As a way to thank the community, Bittersweet Blessings has started a project to donate back to the community. River rocks are being sold for $1 each, with all proceeds going to benefit the Chester Clothes Closet. Anyone who purchases a rock can write a personal message on it, such as leaving a name or thanking someone, she said.
"We thought it would be a nice thing for the community to have, too," Stein said. "This was part of Chester College, and we kind of want to give back to the community like the college did. There is definitely a legacy to uphold there."
The lower level is used by Stein for her business to sell primitives and other gift items. A large portion of the upper floor is leased out to 18 vendors who sell antiques and other articles, she said.
As Stein spoke, longtime customer Sue Leclair was looking for Halloween items on the first floor. Leclair had traveled from her home in Fort Myers, Fla., to see what was new in the shop.
For more information on Bittersweet Blessings, visit www.bittersweet-blessings.com or call 845-3577.