Party planning shop opens in Rockport
Rockport — What started as an online blog and at-home business has turned into a full-scale party planning and cupcake shop in Rockport.
Vicki Murray recently opened Laugh loud Smile big at 4 Strawberry Lane, Suite C in Rockport. The online business was named two years ago after a birthday toast given by Murray's then-7-year-old daughter, who held her glass high in the air and said "laugh loud, smile big!" Murray said she turned to her husband and at that moment, they both knew that would become the name of the Rockport store.
Customers can find various cupcake flavors on-hand or may special order items. There also is a decorate-your-own cupcake area for children, or for the young at heart. In addition to cupcakes, Murray also offers bulk candy, cake pops and sugar cookies.
There is a selection of party planning supplies or customers can choose to have Murray plan the entire event from invitations to the dessert table. She specializes all types of events including birthdays, baby showers and weddings.
Birthday parties at the shop also is an option offered and Murray plans to have candy-making and baking classes, for both adults and children, beginning this winter.
On Oct. 25, Laugh loud Smile big is hosting a fundraiser to support American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Kelly Hall with Stella & Dot will host a trunk show and Nicki Powell-Fiske of Linda Jean's Boutique — which offers wigs, hats, headscarves and more for cancer patients and other people in need of these items — will also have a display. The events begin at 6 p.m.
Laugh loud Smile big is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop can be reached by calling 230-7001 or through Facebook at laugh loud smile big.
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