Downtown retail shop changing its operation
Troy store to close, but services will still be offered
TROY, N. Y. » Local business Forage + Sundry is closing its shop doors later this month, but owner Tess Palma- Martinez plans to continue offering both goods and services.
After two years at 53 Third St. in downtown Troy, Forage + Sundry is leaving its storefront.
A Saratoga Springs native, Palma- Martinez originally started Forage + Sundry when she moved to Troy about three years ago as a wholesale business, selling terrariums, potted plants and air plant gardens to different stores around the Capital Region.
She then expanded into offering workshops and building window displays for retailers, before starting a store and workshop space of her own in 2015.
The downtown shop served as a good way to build clientele and gain exposure, Palma- Martinez said. “It’s been really incredible, all of the connections that I’ve made, lots of really amazing people that even now are very close friends, just because of this space.”
Nevertheless, soon it will be time to close.
Going forward, Palma- Martinez said her focus with Forage + Sundry will be on the servicebased offerings. This is what she studied in school, and it is her passion.
While running the workshop and retail sides of her business, Palma- Martinez found she wasn’t doing as much on the design services end and she had hoped. “Having a store is very consuming,” she said.
So, Palma- Martinez is changing
the Forage + Sundry business model. When the lease came up, she reevaluated and realized she didn’t want to renew. “I wanted to shift,” she said.
The owner’s goal is to dive into more interior design, photo styling and plant installations for spaces or events, while staying connected with the community, doing some pop- ups and workshops as well.
Even though she’s leaving it behind, “The store has been wonderful,” Palma- Martinez said. “I just decided that this is not where I want my focus to be anymore.”
“The store is great, however it’s seven days a week and I’m sitting inside the store all day, every day. As a person, I know that that doesn’t work for me,” she continued. “I like to be building and making things and then installing them, creating spaces.”
To her customers, Palma- Martinez said, “I’m grateful for all of their support through the years, and following and excitement and sharing in the beauty that is Forage + Sundry with me.”
Palma- Martinez plans to still sell plants and Forage + Sundry branded products through her website, with pick- up or delivery available in the Capital Region.
A Final Days sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday Sept. 23 and 24 at the store, where all merchandise will discounted.
A final party will be held from 11 a. m. to 3 p. m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 in the Third Street shop, with music, refreshments and clearance sales.
More information about Forage + Sundry is available online at www.forageandsundry.com or www.facebook.com/forageandsundry.
Tess Palma- Martinez, owner of Forage + Sundry, stands inside the retail shop at 53Third St. in downtown Troy.
Forage + Sundry will close its retail shop at 53Third St. in downtown Troy.