Paint the Roses Storefront in Hopewell Boro Gets New Occupant


    The old home of Paint the Roses at 37 West Broad Street in Hopewell Borough has a new occupant. In the glass-fronted residential style building, between Morpeth Gallery and an antique store, local interior design company Sophia Rose Designs has moved, from its original and much-loved location in Pennington, to a larger space in Hopewell Borough.

    Opening on October 6, 2015, the Sophia Rose Design team hopes to bring more offerings in accordance with company’s motto of “Live in Beauty…Love Your Space.” Sophia Rose Designs (SRD), founded by Lisa Sprague just a year ago, helps clients create the unique beauty they want in an environment through interior design, home staging, or even decorating for a specific event.

    The new space will also allow for a larger focus on creative workshops, many of which are hosted in conjunction with other local businesses. Sprague, a firm believer in the strength of the community, utilizes each workshop as a fundraiser, supporting local non-profits like Christine’s Hope for Kids and the Greenwood Avenue Farmers’ Market. Sprague’s goal is to provide an easy, fun way for members of the community to contribute to local non-profits while learning something new, such as decorating and creating unique tablescapes. Past workshops have included grilling techniques with Mrs. G’s TV and Appliances and flower arranging with Dahlia’s Floral Concepts.

    “Each workshop provides us all with an opportunity to do something special,” says Sprague. The next workshop, “Decorating for the Holidays,” will take place on November 11th, and is in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

    In line with her commitment to community service, Sprague and SRD formed a team in 2010 for the annual Out of the Darkness Walk, which also benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Team Jojo, which was created in remembrance of Sprague’s son, Jordan, will walk again at this year’s event. The Walk, held at beautiful Buccleuh Park in New Brunswick, will take place this year on October 4th at 9am. To sponsor Team Jojo or join the team, please visit Proceeds will go to fund suicide hotlines, education of school officials, and support for survivors.

    To learn more about SRD, please visit or visit SRD at its new home at 37 W. Broad Street, Hopewell, New Jersey.

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    Mary Galioto
    Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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