The concept for NEARBY was dreamed up when owner Allison Grappone got married in 2009. She and her husband were frustrated that they weren't easily able to support their favorite local businesses through the traditional gift registry model. The couple created their own, allowing friends and family to purchase goods that reflected the couple's personalities. The registry was a hit, and for the next two years Grappone spent her spare time researching what it would take to make her vision a reality.
Grappone won a $25k grant through the Manchester Young Professionals Network in New Hampshire, where NEARBY is based. This was the kickstarter for her business and she put a great team of collaborators together to launch NEARBY.
NEARBY is kicking off in Grappone's home state of NH but she is expanding nationally. If you'd like to suggest a new location for NEARBY, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We want to help you support local businesses and organizations in your community.