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New Business Spotlight: The Blue Door

The new gift boutique in Canton Center held its grand opening Sunday.

The Blue Door, a quaint and funky boutique in Canton Center, celebrated its grand opening on Sunday, May 15. The Blue Door is artfully designed with arrangements of homemade artisan soaps, and blown-glass décor along one side. High quality, educational children’s toys and games line another wall. Owned by three women, Carol Robins, Lori Cohen and Barbara Casserly, The Blue Door fills a missing niche in Canton Center by focusing on tasteful gifts for friends and family that are hand-selected as American-made, all-natural and affordable.

“It’s an alternative," Co-owner Carol Robins said.  “We’d like to give back to the community.”  The Blue Door’s commitment to local business and community is evident in their monthly charitable strategy. Each month, The Blue Door will offer specific items for sale and donate a portion of the proceeds to a specified charity.  This month’s charity is the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. 

Purchasing gifts that will directly benefit charities is a concept that Robins believes many community members will enjoy. Most people have deep connections to particular charities, and find opportunities to contribute to them a big draw. 

Another specialty of The Blue Door is the embossing capability available for many of the artisan platters and dishes available for purchase. Embossing the newlywed’s wedding invitation to a special platter is a current hot trend for the wedding season, according to Robins.  The Blue Door also designs special occasion cards, invitations and personalized stationary.

Handcrafted jewelry is also available at reasonable prices, as well as chic gardening gloves and ultra-femme hand-tools such as hammers and screwdrivers in paisley and pastels.

Shoppers enjoyed the grand opening celebration, which featured cupcakes, prize giveaways and raffles throughout the day.

The Blue Door is located at 512 Washington Street, Canton.

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