When Cassandra Abramson decided to go into business on her own 19 years ago, she had little more than an idea and motivation from family members. As it turns out, that was everything she'd need to become a successful entrepreneur and owner of ECI Stores, which includes local consignment shops Cutiques and Cutie Patuties. In recognition of her nearly two decades of work, Abramson was recently given the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts' ToGetHerThere Award for entrepreneurship.
Earth Day-inspired arts and crafts, games, and face painting are just some of the fun activities planned for the third annual Earth Day Celebration at Cutie Patuties in Leominster.
ECI Stores recently presented Mayor Dean Mazzarella with a check for $1,000 for use in the city’s Energy Assistance Fund.
Black Friday has long been the stuff of retail nightmares and shopping glory and in recent years, Cyber Monday has also become a pillar of the holiday shopping season. Between those two, however, is another shopping day that has been gaining traction with consumers -- Small Business Saturday.
For the eighth year, the Leominster Champion asked it's readers to give their choices for favorite clothing store, restaurant, pet store, florist, bank and even favorite place for a cup of coffee. Cutie Patuties was chosen as "Best Consignment Shop" and Cutiques won for "Best Vintage/Antique Shop"!
It was a unique solution to a family quandary: Lose a valued resource? Birth its replacement — and raise it to be one of the biggest and best around.“When (my wife) Cassandra’s favorite consignment store in Worcester closed, she was left with no place to shop for our 4-month old daughter — and the idea for Cutie Patuties was born,” said Neil Abramson.
The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Genius of Play movement inspired the owner of a local toy store in Leominster, MA to hold a special event for families last week. As reported in the Sentinel and Enterprise, Cassandra Abramson, owner of Cutie Patuties, hosted a Saturday afternoon activity called “Let’s Play” to highlight the benefits of unstructured, creative playtime.
Despite dreary weather outside, the atmosphere was sunny inside the consignment store Cutie Patuties on Saturday, as children enjoyed the benefits of "unstructured play." From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Leominster clothing and toy store hosted an event called "Let's Play," inviting children to play creatively with a variety of toys.
What began as something of an experiment in finding new ways of bringing the community together has evolved into a much anticipated summer event in and around City Hall. But only half the residents are invited. Like a childhood clubhouse, this event has one rule: no boys allowed.