Credit Card Chips More Common Now, But Still Missing Layer Of Security


The swipe is now the chip. Over the past two years, shoppers have been getting used to the new credit cards with the shiny silver or gold square.

Finds of a Lifetime


At first glance, the carriage might look like any antique stroller to most passersby, but this was not the case for Pat Whitney. "I went up to Cutiques and saw it there on the floor. I happened to see it there with the original advertising. I walked out and I must have come back in three times before I eventually bought it," she said.


Retail Innovator of the Year, 2017


ECi Stores, dba Cutie Patuties, CP & Company and Q (specializing in kids, teens and ladies wear) plus Cutiques (for home decor and furniture) is a nationally recognized, customer centric consignment brand that has served the community for nearly 20 years and has become an industry leader and the largest operation of its kind in the Northeast. ECi is raising the bar in the resale industry and regularly mentor, consult, and coach international resale professionals and their businesses.


Leominster entrepreneur Cassandra Abramson honored by Girl Scouts


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.


Cutie Patuties to host Earth Day Celebration


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 donates to energy assistance program


ECI Stores recently presented Mayor Dean Mazzarella with a check for $1,000 for use in the city’s Energy Assistance Fund.


Local merchants gearing up for Small Business Saturday


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.


Cutie Patuties and Cutiques chosen as "Reader's Choices" in the Champion's special feature section!


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"!


Leominster SBA Business Spotlight: ECI Stores


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.


Local Store Hosts Family Event Inspired by TIA’s Genius of Play


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.


Play time at Cutie Patuties


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.


Ladies Night Out returns Aug. 13 in Leominster


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.


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