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Carol Ryall's The Pink Mermaid was named the business of the month by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. | ( Photo Courtesy Mystic COC
Carol Ryall's The Pink Mermaid was named the business of the month by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. | ( Photo Courtesy Mystic COC

Pink Mermaid is named business of the month

MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce has announced that The Pink Mermaid at 1313 Gold Star Highway in Groton, is the August recipient of the Business of the Month award. The award is nomination-based and is determined by several factors, including community involvement, achievements and overall success.

The Pink Mermaid is a mastectomy boutique that serves all of Southeastern Connecticut and parts of Rhode Island. The boutique offers many specialized services for patients going through cancer treatments. Private fittings are available for patients who have gone through mastectomy or lumpectomy surgeries.

Also offered are fittings for a variety of garments used during lymphedema treatment. In addition, The Pink Mermaid carries several brands of compression stockings, off the shelf stockings or custom fit stockings. They also have a large assortment of products for patients going through chemotherapy or radiation - Chemo Pops, Chemo Drops, Lindi Skin care items, head covers, prettied scarves, specialty hats, and the new Radiant Wrap radiation gown.

Specialty garments for breast cancer patients are available which include the Shower Shirt, mastectomy bras, post-surgical camisoles, breast prosthesis forms, swim forms, summer camisoles, mastectomy swimsuits and negligees.

In addition to products and fittings, The Pink Mermaid now hosts a cancer thrivers and survivors potluck every third Thursday of each month, as well as numerous support group sessions and learning seminars including such as CT Women of Hope.

The mission of The Pink Mermaid and its owner Carol Ryall is to provide excellent service for its customers, as some deal with the difficulties of treatment and recovery. The main theme is that its customers, whether newly-diagnosed or on the road to recovery, all deserve the best.

Having worked in the medical equipment field for more than 20 years, Ryall wanted to take a different, more personal approach to the experience and thus opened The Pink Mermaid at the beginning of 2013.

Ryall’s level of care and concern for each of her customers is evident, and her positive spirit is contagious, according to the Chamber. The Pink Mermaid has become the first boutique of its kind in the area and is undoubtedly increasing the quality of life for so many residents suffering from cancer.

Recently, The Pink Mermaid received accreditation from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, a major accomplishment for Ryall and her business.

For more information, please visit their website at

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