Colozzi family opens third shop in Clinton

Nicole A. Hawley
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Posted 6/6/19

CLINTON — The Colozzi family is bringing more than three decades of providing area shoppers with a wide variety of merchandise with the opening of a new gift shop located at 3 W. Park Row. Owner …

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CLINTON — The Colozzi family is bringing more than three decades of providing area shoppers with a wide variety of merchandise with the opening of a new gift shop located at 3 W. Park Row.

Owner Jennien Colozzi will celebrate the grand opening of her new store, located at the location of the former Ali-Linz Home & Accessories shop, June 6-8.

The new store, formally known as Rose Petal Gifts, is the third owned by the Colozzi family and is now open for business. Other locations are the New Hartford Shopping Center and North Utica Shopping Center on Auert Avenue.

While the family had been considering a third location to operate their business, Colozzi said she came upon the available space for rent on West Park Row a few months ago, one day while visiting Utica Coffee at the corner of the street.

“The third store has been in the planning stages for quite some time and a unique opportunity arose on the Village Green at 3 W. Park Row in beautiful Clinton,” she said.

While Rose Petal Gifts will offer area shoppers with the brand names the Colozzis have been known to carry in their shops, Jennien said there will also be items catered to their new neighbors, like official Clinton, New York sweatshirts.

“The products we will offer include Nora Fleming, Scout Bags, Ivory Ella products, Simple Southern T’s, Clinton apparel, Ronaldo and Stia jewelry,” the owner said. “In our bath and body department, we will highlight Beekman 1802, FarmHouse Fresh, Magnolia Home Fragrances and Inis perfume (from Ireland).”

Also unique to the new store is Rose Petal’s Children’s Nook, a special section of the shop where Colozzi said she plans to offer an array of children’s toys, plush animals and dolls, puzzles and baby products.

“It’s exciting that this store has a cozy area for the kids,” she said.

According to the company website, shoppers at all the Colozzi’s shops will find an assorted line of gifts for every budget and occasion, and also enjoy excellent service from experienced and friendly staff members, providing a unique and quaint shopping experience.

“It’s our goal to ensure that we carry something for everyone, whether you’re in the market for cards, candles or other goods,” the Colozzis said. “Our extensive assortment of gifts, objects for your home, and jewelry and fashion items are sure to please.”

The Colozzis have been in business since 1983, and Jennien joined her dad Sam after graduating from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Sam Colozzi opened his first shop, the New Hartford location, in 1984. The second shop in North Utica was opened in June 1985.

Jennien started out at the North Utica store in 1986. And after managing that location for about 10 years, she was named the primary buyer of merchandise for both the North Utica and New Hartford locations.

“It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with my father for the past 35 years,” she said. “I am very fortunate and look forward to many more years.”

The grand opening of Rose Petal Gifts will be celebrated Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8. Hours for the shop will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

“Join us for swag bags, chances to win gift baskets and more,” Colozzi encouraged local shoppers. “We look forward to seeing you there.”

In the meantime, Colozzi said while the family looks forward to seeing its loyal customers continue to visit the New Hartford and North Utica stores, they look forward to making new friends in the Clinton location.

“The immediate response from the community has been incredibly warm and welcoming,” she said. “We look forward to meeting many new friends and neighbors in the area.”

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