Down Water Street in Warren is an eclectic shop run by one woman and her kitty: Bridget Tierney and Maude. The Greenery is a full florist and gift shop where everything is eco-friendly, fair trade and bought responsibly. “Nothing is a mass-produced item, making it eclectic and altruistic,” says Bridget. “If it’s fair trade, then it’s going to a good cause.”
Bridget offers fresh, gorgeous, unique flowers and plants and is a big supporter of the slow flower movement – buying flowers from local farmers. With a background in art, Bridget is a self-taught florist with a unique, organic style. She loves doing flowers for weddings as well as making terrariums and air plants for the shop.
The gift side of the store features fair trade wares and jewelry from The Leakey Collection – dedicated to the improvement in education and helping people in rural Kenya. Another popular line is Malaya Jewelry, a Filipino line aiding human trafficking survivors. Bridget keeps her jewelry at a lower price point so as not to compete with the other Warren shops. “We’re all friends so we keep in mind what we carry,” she says. “Everybody wants to do well in Warren.”
Also featured in the store are candles, bath and body products, gifts, and other surprises. The Greenery is the quintessential small business, with a strong mission statement, a small but carefully selected inventory and a passionate owner. “I think it’s the only way to do business,” Bridget says.
63 Water Street, Warren