Cindy and her Rinfret Home & Garden team went to the Byram Library last week for the 17th Annual Greenwich Green & Clean Beautification Awards. Deborah Higgins, their vivacious treasurer, is a loyal customer at Rinfret Home & Garden and she has always complimented us on our holiday decorations and our festive flowerbed on Greenwich Avenue (we have McArdle's to thank for making that green patch so beautiful). Even so, we were happily surprised to learn that Rinfret Home & Garden had won the Albert E. Betteridge Beautification Award for Sterling Service.
The Betteridge Award is so meaningful to us, as it is in memory of Albert E. Betteridge, who, as his grandson told us, was dedicated to keeping Greenwich clean and beautiful -- to the point of embarrassing his grandchildren by walking down Greenwich Avenue picking up trash in his hands as he went! Greenwich Avenue is one of the most beautiful shopping destinations in this country and the well-tended flower patches and hanging flower baskets help to make it so. Greenwich Green & Clean works to make all of this possible.
Rinfret Home & Garden was awarded with a stunning silver bowl from Betteridge (currently being inscribed with our name). Wish I had thought to take a photo of it at the time because it really is quite chic -- although we do admit to being just a tad bit jealous of the champagne bucket. We also received a gorgeous book called Gates of Greenwich, which showcases all of the remarkable gates, fences, and ancient stone walls that make Greenwich so uniquely beautiful and enchanting. Soon the shop will sell this delightful book, with all proceeds going to Greenwich Green & Clean.
Here's a sneak peek of the book:
If you recognize the stone wall on the left, you are a true Greenwich local!
In addition to the Greenwich Green & Clean Beautification Award, Cindy Rinfret also got some pretty great praise from Greenwich Time last week. Here is a copy of the article, which was on the front page of the Business Section: