Rebel Heart needs your love
On July 11th Vermont’s Winooski River, which runs through Montpelier, crested at 21 feet, exceeding by two feet its highest level during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Our vibrant downtown full of local businesses experienced catastrophic flooding. As floodwaters began to ebb on Tuesday, we reckoned with the devastation of a record-breaking storm, and shock mixed with a growing sense of dread at the long recovery ahead. In 2020 Rebel Heart Purchased Pink Shutter Flowers, a Montpelier fixture for over 50 years, and started offering us some of the most gorgeous houseplants and floral design services in all of Vermont. In case you don't know her already, Rebel Heart is owned by our loving and vibrant Jenny Sebold who has lived in Vermont for over 22 years. Her kids attended Montpelier Schools and she has seen this community through many hard times as well as many joyous times. This store is a crucial piece of our local economy as the majority of their inventory came from LOCAL artists, growers, farmers, makers and many others. The effects of this struggle will be felt by many Vermonters. This disaster means that all fixtures, furnishings and equipment in the shop needs to be replaced, and they are hoping to raise $60,000 to re-open. This includes relocating all inventory and gutting the shop - all sheetrock needs to come down and be replaced and likely the flooring. All new heating systems and floral coolers need to be rebuilt and or replaced. Without electricity, Jenny and crew faced a delay in cleanup operations which caused further damages. In addition to heir floral fridge needing to be replaced, a crucial piece of equipment for running the floral business- their entire workstation and design space needs to be rebuilt, as well as all displays, and shelving replaced. For the time being, Pink Shutter will be operating out of Jenny's home as the downtown storefront is closed until further notice. The losses will be high as this is the peak of our city’s summer tourist & wedding season when visitors normally flock to our mountains, lakes, and picturesque downtown.Thank you for being part of this incredible community, and looking for ways to help Pink Shutter/Rebel Heart and their magnificent shop recover from this terrible flood. We will update you as things unfold.
08.05: 9am- 2pm Montpelier Merchants Market @ VCFA college green
Come see us for the Montpelier merchants market to support the many downtown businesses impacted by the catastrophic flooding in July 2023. Join us in the open air shop & stroll event every Saturday, until the end of October from 9am-2pm!
10.6,7 & 8: Downtown wide Sidewalk Sales & Taste of Montpelier
Join us in combination with Pink Shutter florals on the sidewalk in front of what will be our new location at 20 Langdon Street in the heart of downtown Montpelier!