by Kevin Dicciani
“I think this may be the best thing that’s ever happened to the Hill Company,” said owner Linda Moran of her store’s relocation from the top to the bottom of the Hill.
Previously situated at 8615 Germantown Avenue, the Hill Company will open its doors at 8040 Germantown Ave., formerly occupied by Diane Bryman Rugs.
The Hill Company has been servicing Chestnut Hill with residential and commercial outdoor furniture since 1949. They sell other outdoor products, too, such as bird feeders and baths, garden stones, torches and lanterns, and gargoyle statues. The store also has a second location in Worcester.
To prepare for the store’s grand opening on March 14-15, Moran said she and her crew have been working “12 hours a day.” The store has already been repainted, the walls fitted with new drywall, and the floors painted. She said it looks “quite a bit different.”
“There’s so much going on down here I can’t even tell you,” Moran said. “We are extraordinarily busy.”
Another advantage of the new location – an alluring one for Moran – is its abundant space.
“We were kind of crammed before,” she said. “Now we’re going to have so much more space to showcase all of this gorgeous furniture.”
Moran said the ample space has allowed her business to house a gift shop.
There is a lack of space that does concern Moran, though, and it’s parking.
“I’m very concerned about the parking situation,” Moran said. “There is a desperate need for a parking lot down at this end of the Hill.”
During the two-day grand opening, as an expression of gratitude, Moran said the Hill Company will be providing customers – both old and new – with champagne, food and drinks. Additionally, the store is running a month-long raffle from March 14 to April 14 where customers can sign up for a chance to win a “huge furniture set,” which is being donated by all of the store’s manufacturers.
“It’s going to be a huge giveaway,” she said.
For the final celebration, the Hill Company will host an invitation-only cocktail party for its furniture manufacturers, store representatives and members of the Chestnut Hill Business Association.
Moran said the relocation “wouldn’t have been possible without the business association.”
“Everyone there was very helpful,” she said.
For more information, visit www.hill-company.com.