By Susan Mazzeo
So what does a tile store have to do with community? Or Shore House? Plenty.
Molly Taft is the showroom manager of Nemo Tile and Stone, located at 21 White Street in Red Bank which just opened this past month. Molly is no stranger to Shore House. While working at Restoration Hardware, she was instrumental in giving us an opportunity for our first supportive employment position. She directed the RH’s holiday giving campaign to fund our Thanksgiving dinner, which not only did they underwrite, but served to our members as well. They even provided the centerpieces for our tables. This year Shore House was the beneficiary of the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge. In the middle of getting ready for her own grand opening, she volunteered for a two hour shift and stayed all day to help out.
It only seemed fitting that after she has supported us for so long, we support her. Mary and I attended the grand opening party complete with a red carpet leading to the front door. Nemo is a well-respected store in New York and it would have been easy to use all of their contacts, but Molly knows the value of community and insisted on using only local businesses for the party. Eda Kalkay PR, helped plan the event, Sir Ives Catering created the incredible food and Katydid florists supplied the fabulous arrangements, and we cannot forget Vintage Cake for creating a three tiered confection that looked just like tile, but tasted just like cake.
In a world where our community businesses with personalized service are being replaced with large impersonal one stop shopping warehouse, Nemo is a breath of fresh air. Well done Molly Taft. We look forward to watching you grow in the community.
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.