This was a letter to the editor that was printed in the Melrose Free Press on Thursday, October 13, 2016:
As the largest organization dedicated to commerce in the City of Melrose, the Melrose Chamber of Commerce frequently receives comments about the beautiful and bustling downtown district, as well how lucky we are to have several thriving business districts throughout our community. We are also very fortunate to have a business community that continually gives back to the City throughout the year, and in many ways.
One of the reasons why Melrose’s business districts are so attractive is because of the hanging geraniums that adorn the Victorian lamp posts, not only on Main Street, but on Essex Street, Franklin Street, West Emerson Street and West Wyoming Street as well. These plants have become symbols of the vibrancy of our city and its business community.
The flower baskets are the results of a cooperative effort between the City of Melrose and the Melrose business community and the Melrose Chamber of Commerce sincerely thanks the City of Melrose’s Public Works Department for caring for and maintaining the flower baskets.
The following are the businesses and individuals who contributed to this initiative in 2016. Please make sure you thank these business owners who make Melrose “bloom” throughout several seasons!
Anna Bastian; Atria Maplewood Place; Bay State Centre Family Chiropractic; Beecy Bookkeeping; Bell & Izzi, LLC; Bodyography Wellness Center; Brad Hutchinson Real Estate; Brian and Beth McNelis; Buckalew’s; Capuano Construction Company; Chris and Margaret Cinella; Churchill Corporation Coffee, Tea & Me; Crowell Associates; Dagle Electrical Construction Corporation; D’Amici’s Bakery; David Driscoll Consulting; First Baptist Church; First Steps Academics; Fred Solomon, DMD; Friends of the Milano Center; Full Circle Design; Gately Funeral Home Gray’s Appliance; Hinchey Brothers Plumbing; Honey Dew Donuts; Chamber Merchants’ Group Members: Bodyography Wellness Center, Brad Hutchinson Real Estate, Buckalew’s, Hourglass Gift Gallery, Madison Ave of Melrose; Hughes & Company PC; Joan Ford Mongeau; Joseph S. Gulino, CPA; Justine Sterling Design; Law Office of Brian Moran; LCM PLUS; Melrose Animal Clinic; Melrose Boot Camp/Joy Healthy Life; Melrose Cooperative Bank; Melrose Day Care Center and Preschool; Melrose Family Dentistry;,Melrose Family Opticians; Melrose First Federal Credit Union; Melrose Floor Covering; Melrose Glass Company; Melrose Housing Authority; Melrose Oriental Rug; Melrose Symphony Orchestra; Mike Zwirko; Miter Biter Frame Company; Montvale Tire; Ocean Sushi; Perella Jewelers; Promotional Solutions; Robinson Funeral Home; Rotary Club of Melrose; Shaw’s; Sit & Knit; Sullivan & Clark; Susan McNamara; The Grateful Thread; Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market; Waystack & Kirby; WB Hunt/Hunt’s Photo and Video; Whittenmore Hardware; Whole Foods Market; Williams & Alley Insurance; Williams Financial; Wingate at Melrose; Wood & Fire
Lauren H. Grymek
Executive Director, Melrose Chamber of Commerce, One West Foster Street, Melrose MA