Party Harty Parties On

In 1989, Sue Marshall opened a store across from what was then Grand Union.

For nearly 3 decades, Party Harty has been a hearty part of Westport’s business scene.

Marshall had spent 11 years in the fashion industry. But with 2 young daughters — ages 4 and 2 — she wanted to work closer to home.

Owning a retail store is hardly a party. But Marshall attracted loyal customers with a great mix of balloons, decorations, paper goods, candy, candles, pinatas, face make-up, wigs, custom party favors and invitations.

Before Halloween last year, a Party Harty customer posed with the Haunted Tree Man.

A key to success was customized service. You may not have known what you needed to make your graduation/anniversary/birthday/Halloween/bar mitzvah/prom-posal etc. celebration a success. Thankfully, Marshall and her hardly party-pooping staff did.

Jackie Marshall began working for her mom while still in college. She fell in love with the business. She’s still there.

But starting tomorrow (Tuesday, September 5), the Marshalls and their crack staff will be working a few doors down. Party Harty found a great location a few doors down. The new address is 578 Post Road East — next to BodyQuest, across from Terrain.

The Marshalls are placing a new emphasis on gift buying. There are Westport-themed items, and presents for every occasion.

Some of Party Harty’s Westport-themed gifts.

Party Harty invites everyone to celebrate their new home on Tuesday. They’re serving snacks, and offering tours of their new home.

In other words: It’s a party!

Jackie and Sue Marshall, in front of Party Harty’s new location.

7 responses to “Party Harty Parties On

  1. Julie Van Norden

    Party Harry is the best!

  2. Anne Rutherford and the Fenn kids

    Wishing you continued success in your new location, Sue and Jackie. Party Harty was our go to destination for decades! All the best!

  3. Party Harty, because of Sue and Jackie, is my favorite store in Westport. Since 1990 my family has bought every balloon, napkin, plate, and all things red, white and blue at Party Harty. Shopping at Party Harty means there is a celebration ahead!! Wishing Sue and Jackie continued success in your new location. I will see you soon!!

    • Every year, Mary Hoffman provides the balloons for our “06880” summer party. Now I know where they come from!

      • You are correct!! Sue makes sure I have 0-6-8-8-0- in the same color!!! Dan, your 06880 Party, is my favorite Westport beach tradition (for the past five years!).

  4. Mary Cookman Schmerker '58

    Buy local everyone. You can trust a local merchant to stand behind what they sell. Congratulations on the new location. I’ll visit when I get back home.

  5. I second Mary Hoffman’s remarks. Party Harty has been a constant staple in the town with excellent customer service and offerings, especially at those , special times of the year: ie: Halloween, Graduation, Birthdays and countless celebrations. I can never understand why Westport allows “Pop-Up” temporary businesses that take away from our local businesses; especially during Halloween and the fall seasons. Much success to Sue and Jackie in their “new home”.