Adams mother to open store in memory of Noah Brown
ADAMS — Kayla Pierce remembers her son, Noah Brown, as a rambunctious youngster with a sense of humor who kept his mother on her toes.
She remembers how the 8-year-old enjoyed playing baseball with his Adams-Cheshire Little League team, the Elks.
He loved baseball so much that he was buried in his uniform.
Noah was killed last June when he was struck by a vehicle in front of his home, and the memories of that tragedy are still fresh for Pierce.
"I might get a little emotional," she said in a recent telephone interview. "It's hard to talk about."
But Pierce wants people to remember Noah the same way that she does.
Pierce is opening Smalls Shoppe, a variety store on Summer Street, in honor of her son, whose nickname was Smalls. A grand opening will be held at the store from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
"It's really important that his name remains," Pierce said. "I want people to remember him. I want people to come in and say 'Who was Noah?' He was a very important little boy."
Smalls will offer a variety of goods.
"I'm selling mainly other people's crafts, and some of my own stuff," Pierce said. "Children's clothing, women's adult clothing, candy and greeting cards."
Behind the front desk is 16-inch-by-20-inch photo of Noah that was used in his obituary. Patrons will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Noah Brown Scholarship Fund that has been set up by Adams Community Bank.
"People can come in and make donations if they want to," Pierce said.
Pierce has never owned a business before, but she takes photos, and has previous experience as a store manager. She managed the family photo department at Sears in the Berkshire Mall before it closed.
She decided to open Smalls on the advice of her fiance, John Michael Bradbury, who lived with Pierce and Noah.
"He wanted me to do something to get out of the house," Pierce said.
She originally wanted to name her store "Bits and Pieces" but the name wasn't available because someone else in Massachusetts is using it.
"I thought that was a sign, because my alternative name was Smalls Shoppe," she said.
The store is located in a former hair salon that didn't need much renovation.
"The building came exactly the way it is," Pierce said.
The couple spent between $3,000 and $4,000 to get the business underway, and they have a 14-month lease.
They are also carrying a very special memory.
"Everyone in this community knows Noah," Pierce said. "Ten years from now, I don't want people to say 'Who was that little boy who got hit by a car?' "
Smalls Shoppe will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from Wednesday though Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.
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