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Reopening the Shop!

Phase 2 reopening is underway and we will be ready to receive you back in the shop with a virtual hug and a big smile beneath our masks on Wednesday, June 10 at 11AM!

For the safety of all of our customers and staff, we have instituted the following guidelines to make for a healthy shopping experience.

  • CAPACITY - Our maximum capacity will be 2 shoppers at a time. We will have two socially distanced waiting spots outside the front of the store. We ask for your patience as we all get used to our "new normal" shopping procedures. While we have always enjoyed having children in the store, at this time, we want to make our shopping experience adults only.
  • MASKS - All customers must wear a mask to shop in the store. We will have disposable masks available in the shop if you do not have your own with you. If you prefer not to wear a mask, we ask you to please take advantage of our Online, Phone, Free Delivery, Curbside Pickup and Facetime shopping options.
  • HAND SANITIZING - Upon entering the shop, please sanitize your hands at our hand sanitizing station, placed immediately to the right of the entry. Disposable gloves are also available. We ask that you please limit touching as much as possible to items that you intend to purchase. We have worked to make all of prices easily visible without handling.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING - We are practicing social distancing in the shop. Please follow all social distancing signage when in the shop.
  • PAYMENT METHODS - We will only be accepting credit cards for payment during this first phase. We have changed our credit card reader to a tap or chip reader and signatures will not be required for most purchases.
  • RETURNS and EXCHANGES - All Sales are Final during the COVID-19 pandemic. No returns or exchanges. 
  • SANITIZING - We will be sanitizing high touch surfaces frequently throughout the day.

Lastly, we have changed our shopping hours for this phase:

Monday - Saturday 11AM - 4PM

We appreciate your patience with us as we enter this first phase of reopening. It will be a new experience for us all! 

We look forward to seeing you when you are ready!

Not ready to shop in-store? No problem! 

ONLINE - You may still shop online at our website: greentailtable.com

ORDER BY PHONE - Please call us to place your order by phone if prefer instead of online.

FREE DELIVERY - We will continue to offer free delivery for orders over $25 to Newton, Watertown, Waltham, Belmont, and Cambridge.

CURBSIDE PICKUP - Curbside Pickup will continue to be available. Call or order online to pickup curbside.

FACETIME - Schedule a FaceTime shopping session with us.

BY APPOINTMENT - If you would like to schedule a private shopping session outside of our opening hours, please email us at customerservice@greentailable.com or call the shop.

COVID-19 Shop Update

A MESSAGE TO OUR CUSTOMERS:

We have been carefully following the news and reporting on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we believe that it is most important to support efforts to help slow down the tide of this outbreak in whatever small ways possible.

We greatly value the health and safety of our wonderful customers and store team. For these reasons,as of Tuesday, March 17, we will be closing the store to in-person shopping and events.We will assess the situation on a week by week basis to determine when it makes sense to open again for in-person shopping.

During this time, our online store will remain openand we will be fulfilling orders in this way. For our local area customers, we plan to offer curbside pick-up for orders placed online. In addition, we plan to roll out free local area weekday delivery on a trial basis to the following communities: Newton, Watertown, Waltham, Belmont and Cambridge.

We are so grateful for and appreciative of your ongoing support. At this time, we believe that it is so important to focus on the health and safety of our communities. We ask that as the opportunities arise please support the small and local businesses in your community during this very challenging time. We are all in this together.

We are thinking of all of you and hoping you and your loved ones stay well and safe!

Fall 2019 In-store Events

SEPTEMBER 26 7:00-8:00PM Lynn Faitelson of Fat Chick Press will be on hand to help us celebrate "Thinking of You" week, which is an international movement to celebrate the benefits of sending and receiving hand-written notes by sending a card a day for a week, just because! Join us for an evening of note writing complete with nibbles and refreshments. Lynn will also spend time educating us about letterpress and what makes it so special. Plus, we'll have a special card greeting card promotion!

OCTOBER 12 1:00-4:00PM Ann Clark of LAMOU will be popping up with her latest collection of exquisite handmade printed wood trays, placemats, coasters and more.

OCTOBER 16 6:30-8:00PM Natural & Organic Wine & Cheese Pairings with Formaggio Kitchen of Cambridge

OCTOBER 26 1:00-4:00PM Serve Kindness Bowls Pop Up

Greentail Table will be hosting a pop-up shop with Serve Kindness in Newton on Saturday, October 26th from 1pm-4pm to benefit Boston-based organization Lovin' Spoonfuls. 10% of all sales of handblown glass bowls from Serve Kindness and any purchase from Greentail Table during the event will support Lovin' Spoonful's work to rescue and distribute healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded throughout Massachusetts.

About Serve Kindness:
Serve Kindness designs vibrantly colored, modern hand blown glass bowls that are made in Essex, MA. Our mission is to promote kindness through intentional gift giving and raise awareness and money for charities that serve kindness in the community. We give 10% of every purchase back to a charity that the purchaser chooses at checkout. www.servekindness.com.

About Lovin' Spoonfuls
Lovin' Spoonfuls is a non-profit food rescue dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. We pick up wholesome, perishable food from grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets, and distribute it to more than 150 community nonprofits that feed hungry people across Greater Boston, MetroWest, and Hampden County. We work to bridge the gap between abundance and need by alleviating hunger and addressing the impact that food waste has on our community and our planet. www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org

It is going to be a wonderful afternoon of shopping to support a great cause -- we hope to see you!!

Serve Kindness Pop Up Event at Greentail Table

NOVEMBER 7 7:00-8:00PM  The Gift of Gathering: The Art of Tablescape-styling for the Holidays and BeyondWhether Your Aesthetic is Classic, Modern or Nature-inspired, Join Designer Extraordinaire Meg McSherry of Meg McSherry Interiors and F L E U R I founder Zoe Forbes as they share trade tips on the elements of table styling. Explore color schemes, elements of interest, florals and texture in this one-hour workshop hosted by Greentail Table. Seats are limited. Register here!

The Art of Tablescape-styling with Meg McSherry Interiors & Fleuri at Greentail Table

 

Greentail Table Turns 5!

We mark 5 years in business this week and count ourselves so fortunate. What started out as a crazy retail dream has turned into a blossoming reality. We are so grateful for all you have done to support us over the past 5 years! 

Endless people, including you, have contributed to our success and deserve our gratitude. Five years ago, an amazing cadre of friends answered the call to help paint the store basement, unpack, print and ticket all of the new merchandise and then showed up on opening day, July 10, 2014, to help test our new POS system and become our first customers. Our first few weeks were filled with a revolving door of friends who were so excited to finally step into the store which was in my head for so many years. To this day, I am still moved by the undying support of friends and family near and far who shop online or who make a pilgrimage to the shop regularly or whenever they are in town or in the country.

Right from the start, the Nonantum Neighborhood Association, led by Terry Sauro, became champions of our new enterprise and helped make the neighborhood aware of our existence and has supported us non-stop. I am honored to serve as business representative on the NNA board and could not be more pleased to have the store based in the wonderful village  of Nonantum in the city of Newton. Newton, Massachusetts, makes “Shop Small” and “Shop Local” a mantra and a mission.

The Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce has also been a major supporter. Within a very short time of joining the chamber, they held  2 networking events at the shop, which in turn, introduced local business people to Greentail Table, many of whom have become ardent supporters and customers.

Within a few months of opening our doors, we began cultivating a following of loyal and dedicated customers. Many of whom became raving fans and helped to spread the word throughout Newton and beyond, among their friends, neighbors, and colleagues. We are honored to count many of the early adopters among our fiercely loyal customers today. Too many to name individually, but you know who you are! 

We have also enjoyed the support of many of our makers and vendors who have conducted workshops on color to table settings to terrarium making. We’ve had chefs and cheese mongers, cookbook authors, candy makers and chocolatiers, florists, photographers and more grace our doors and share their skills and talents with our customers. Potters, candle makers, textile designers, a pyrographer, and so many other makers have spent time in our shop sharing their time and talent as well as introducing their fans to Greentail Table. 

We are also grateful to Chris Lyons, who assisted us on the PR front, as well as to all of the bloggers, editors, art directors, stylists, and photographers who have helped spread the word about Greentail Table in print and online in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Boston Home, New England Home, and the Newton TAB. Editorial coverage has been critical to our success. One of the best anniversary gifts we’ve received is our inclusion in Boston Magazine 2019 Best of Boston List for Best Entertaining Essentials!

Other key players who have been paramount to our success are our Greentail Table team members--for which we are hugely indebted: Marilyn, Mary, Alicia, Parisa, and our on call “shop girl” Katie. Their, professionalism, customer service and loyalty have helped cultivate our success. We could not do it without them!

Another key ingredient of the Greentail Table team is our talented graphic designer, Maribel Sandoski of MBS Creative, who created our logo and all branding materials and who is responsible for all of our beautiful ads. We are so fortunate to be the beneficiary of  her endless creativity and mad skills. She makes us look good!

And finally, my gratitude list would not be complete without mentioning my husband, Jack, who has been by my side every step of the way. From business planning to store design and endless hours of tech assistance. His tireless support has fueled me and Greentail Table. My son, Nick, has also been a big booster and has logged time behind the register and in the basement, when needed. I could not do any of this without their love and support.

Thank you to each and everyone who has shopped with us. Your support of a small brick and mortar shop and online retailer is the reason we can celebrate our 5th year in business. In the age of Amazon, your support of small business is more critical than ever. Small shops and businesses, like ours, help to encourage a sense of community and to create the fabric of our towns and villages. We so appreciate your patronage and your commitment to shopping small and local

We look forward to our next 5 years and hope we can continue to surprise and delight you with unique products and warm customer service.

Gratefully,

Linda de Valpine

Owner

Greentail Table Owner Linda de Valpine