A flower and gift shop plans to open up in one of the only vacant retail spaces in downtown Hamilton.
The Singing Flower plans to open on Dec. 8 for the Christmas in the Village Marketplace event, according to owner Meggin Hunt.
“We do flower arrangements, plants and gifts,” she said.
In addition to flower arrangements for weddings and other special events, the store on Railroad Avenue will sell vintage-looking and retro home accessories, desert plates, stationery and picture frames, for example.
For Christmas, for example, Hunt said The Singing Flower would sell wreaths and ornaments.
Hunt has been running the business out of a studio in her Manchester-by-the-Sea home for the past two years, she said.
The 1,400 square foot space had most recently been home to Giggles, a toy store that closed in April after five years in business because of what owner Aimee Oliver said was a combination of a lack of steady business and the economic downtown. Before that, the space had been home to a florist.
In September, Artie Bennos, a principal for Hamilton Realty Trust, which owns the building, said he was holding out for a retail use that fit well in the location. He has received offers from prospective tenants who wanted to put offices in the space but said he preferred a retail use that works well with the other area businesses.
“I love the location and I love the space,” Hunt said.
Hunt said she is opening the store with her sister, Amy Hunt, and one other employee.