Thursday, April 24, 2014, Ridgefield, CT


The Ridgefield Education Foundation (REF) has announced the launch of it’s “Merchant of the Month” program to promote local business. The Little House Shoppe will be the featured business for May.


“This is about celebrating and supporting Ridgefield as a whole. Our local businesses and our schools are two gems that make Ridgefield special. Now you can shop local and support REF all at once.” Says Jonathan Seem, REF Executive of Development.


Christy Kinsman, owner of The Little House Shoppe thinks REF has got it right. “It’s wonderful to have a non-profit organization approach local business with ideas to help attract new customers rather than simply asking for donations.” Ms Kinsman has joined REF’s newly formed Business Advisory Council along with Mary-Kate Gobleck owner of Reliance Merchant Services and Maria Markus, owner of The Tutoring Club. All three recently sponsored an REF Raffle for a Chrome Book at the TechQuest event held earlier this year.


The Little House Shoppe will be hosting a Flora & Fuana Mother’s Day Garden Party Extravaganza on Thursday, May 1st. “We’ll have light refreshments, beautiful tablescapes, inspiring ideas, a raffle and the chance to meet some of our fabulous artisans, all while supporting REF.” 10% of the days proceeds will be donated to REF.


“We’re delighted to partner with Christy to kick off our Merchant of the Month program. She has great gift ideas for Mother’s Day! Stay tuned in the coming months for more great local shopping days in support of REF”, states Avery Costigan, President of REF.


The Little House Shoppe is located at 113 Danbury Rd in the Copps Hill Plaza.


The Ridgefield Education Foundation is a community based 501c3 not for profit organization. REF supports innovative teaching, leveraging the use of technology and enhancing the resources available to Ridgefield educators. Donations are considered tax deductible. The foundation always welcomes new team members!


Photo: REF’s Jon Seem and Avery Costigan with Little House Shoppe owner Christy Kinsman


REF w LittleHouseShoppe


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