QUINCY -- After her mother died in early August, Renee Higgins received a set of rose-shaped earrings from a friend.
Her mother, Rose, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, and the earrings, which had been made by Lee Marie owner Elise Sutter, were a touching symbol of the woman.
"They're a way to remember her, how she was before the disease," Higgins said of the gift. "She was such a giving person."
With the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's fast approaching, Higgins, the owner of Bailey's Coffee House and Fudge Shop, wanted to use her business to host a fundraiser. Knowing that all of the profits Sutter earns through Lee Marie are given to charity, Higgins reached out to host a pop-up shop.
Sutter set up in Bailey's Friday morning to sell her jewelry. All of the profits from the two-hour event will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association at the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 15. Higgins will continue collecting donations at Bailey's until the walk.
"The Alzheimer's Association is really close to my heart, and even if it's just a couple hundred bucks, we're raising awareness of it," Higgins said. "Alzheimer's is a tough one because you lose the person twice."
Bailey's sold rose mocha lattes during the pop-up, and Lee Marie, with a display set up in one corner of Bailey's, sold rose earrings at a discount. Lee Marie also had purple earrings on display, symbolic of the Alzheimer's Associations connection to the color.
"This is very special," Sutter said. "I know how much this means to her."
Sutter said she hopes to do more pop-up shops in partnership with other local businesses. Without a store, pop-ups offer a chance for Sutter to present her physical product to her customers and simultaneously raise money for a charitable cause.
"We want to do more events like this in the future," she said. "I think what people love about Lee Marie is that it's all about giving back."
For Higgins, the day was a way of remaining connected to her mother.
"One of the reasons I took this over is because I have so many good memories of making fudge with her," she said. "All these people here today, supporting this, is just overwhelming."