Buzz on Business: Inspired Closets; Barbara Tufts Preschool Celebrates Main St. Roots

by | May 16, 2024

Above: Just one of the closet and storage options on display at Inspired Closets on Main Street.

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Walk into 88 Main Street and the vibe is about as far away from the Troll Shop as one could imagine, except for one smallish troll that looks down from a perch on top of one of the cabinets. It’s been something of a good luck charm for Inspired Closets as it plants its flag in the Main Street firmament.  

The store opened in January after a soup-to-nuts interior renovation. The high ceiling – pressed tin, which they kept – gives the store an expansive feel. They have sample closets, garages, pantries. You can wander around and see and touch the different possibilities. 

According to design consultant Alexsandra Given, customers usually start with a design consultation at their home. Then there’s the trip to the store for a real sense of what your space could look like. Given said the owners – DiStefano Brothers Construction – were looking to create an experience with the store.

An Inspired Closets finished product can run the gamut price-wise. You can get a basic closet or spend more on surfaces or drawer pulls or extra shelving. Maybe you want to add a Murphy bed – they can help you with that. 

Inspired Closets, 88 Main Street, East Greenwich.

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Editor’s note: We apologize for any confusion related to this fundraiser – EG News did not mean to suggest that the BMT Co-op Preschool was moving back to Main Street. The post has been edited to make that clearer.

For decades, the Barbara Tufts Co-operative Preschool operated out of the classroom wing of the E.G. Methodist Church on Main Street. With close access to everything on Main Street, they were frequent visitors to the EGFD Station One (what child doesn’t love fire trucks?), shoe cobbler Steve Villari, and Town Hall, to name a few spots on their regular walks.

When the church decided they needed a more modern facility, they invited the preschool to accompany them to 1558 South County Trail. It’s been a wonderful partnership. A recent opportunity to hold a fundraiser in the Updike Room at the Greenwich Hotel arose and, honoring their past, the Co-op jumped at the opportunity. The theme was a natural: “Bringing It Back to Main” – a celebration of new and old friends of the preschool.

The nonprofit preschool offers student tuition on a sliding scale so they were raising money to support that. If you are looking to learn more about “the Co-op,” or to make a donation, you can find out more on their website HERE.

Barbara Tufts Co-operative Preschool, 1558 South County Trail, East Greenwich.

Coop families and staff past and present, from left: Jen Dronzek, Teagan Bristol, Jen Condon, Kate Gallogly Lowell, Heather Bristol and, in front, Amanda Dronzek.

EGHS’s Brendan Carniaux, Co-op parent and saxophone player, brought his quartet to play during the BMTCP fundraiser at the Updike Room Monday, May 13.

Miss Marilyn, Miss Kate, Miss Hannah, and Miss Lisa – BMTCP legends.

Co-op teacher Anne-Marie Suffoletto at the raffle table.

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Marie Hennedy
Marie Hennedy
May 17, 2024 11:13 am

Where on Main can we look forward to seeing the little ones setting out, holding hands and out for a walk?
The Co-op Nursery’s where I learned the joy of playing with kids! Is there a need for co-op grannies? (Our five are proud graduates: now aged 54-60.)


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