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Ridgefield Chamber Rolls Out Red Carpet For Purple Frog Gift Shop

LouAnn Daprato, Total Mortgage; Marion Roth, Ridgefield chamber; Georgina Hardiman, Emma Hardiman, Purple Frog owner; Sara Ardeleano, founder of Sea Urchin Studio; Janine Grail; Jilly Stevens; and Rudy Marconi, Ridgefield First Selectman. Photo Credit: Maria Markus
Emma Hardiman owns The Purple Frog Gift Shop, on Ridgefield's Bailey Avenue. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Purple Frog Gift Shop to the community at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Purple Frog Gift Shop, which opened in spring, specializes in gifts and gift baskets for all occasions, with many items having an international flair.

It took Emma Hardiman and her family nine months to put together the idea, make the contacts and open the store on Bailey Avenue.

Opening the store was a good way to get more in touch with the town when the family moved here after her husband's job transfer, she said. It has been a family effort, with her husband painting on weekends and her 15-year-old son figuring out the cash register.

"Where possible, I've tried to buy products from the East Coast. Where I've struggled with that, I've then gone to the West Coast and if I still can't find what I'm looking for, I've gone to the rest of the world," Hardiman said.

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