Chamber celebrates opening of Boroughs Collective


Chamber celebrates opening of Boroughs Collective
Anna LeDuc, with scissors, cuts the ribbon at the Boroughs Collective on June 5. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – More than 20 local vendors are now calling the Boroughs Collective on East Main Street their home.

On Wednesday, June 5, the main organizer of the collective, Anna LeDuc of LeDuc Antiques, formally opened the place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“It’s an expanded business and a new concept,” said Karen Chapman, president and CEO of the Corridor 9/495 MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. “I’m so proud of Anna LeDuc.”

“It’s nice to come and help entrepreneurs … 80% of our nation’s economy is based on small businesses,” said state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury).

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Moore presented LeDuc with citations from the House of Representatives and Senate.

LeDuc came up with the idea when the lease for LeDuc Antiques was up for renewal. She wanted more space; a former bank just up the street had more space than she needed. LeDuc then sought out other vendors who wanted a place to sell their wares, with a fraction of the rent.

“It [the collective] brings together other business owners,” she said.

The Boroughs Collective started with a few vendors in March; the list of current vendors includes Hygge House Books, Hive Works, Décor and Marion’s Workshop.

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More openings

A couple of new businesses are setting up shop in town.

Fresh Monkee, which will offer healthy snacks and protein shakes, is opening its first Massachusetts location at Westmeadow Plaza, 166 Milk St. this summer. It’s taking over the space formerly occupied by Dunkin’ Donuts.

The franchise started in Connecticut about eight years ago.

Darts Barbershop will also be opening in the Westmeadow Plaza. It’s moving from Northborough to the former home of Town and Country Jewelers.

Both businesses are scheduled to open within the next month, according to Mark Zepf of the Westborough Economic Development Committee.

The Corridor 9/495 chamber also celebrated the newly renovated Westborough Inn on Milk Street on June 4.

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