When members celebrate a birthday at the New Milford Senior Center, they can count on getting a balloon from The Enchanted Forest.

Soon, however, those balloon greetings from Enchanted Forest owner Peggy Brown may come to an end.

The shop along Route 202 in Northville is up for sale and Mrs. Brown is selling out her stock.

"The loss will be our contact with Peggy," said Anne Potter, Senior Center executive director. "She has always been so generous to the Senior Center. She has made it possible for years for people with birthdays to get a balloon."

"We add a flower and a sweet. What wonderful treats will be lost when the shop closes," Mrs. Potter said as she collected two huge bunches of donated balloons from the little shop at 285 Litchfield Road.

Mrs. Brown opened the shop 20 years ago when she moved to New Milford from Greenwich. For years prior to that, she had been a toy buyer and manager at Meads of Greenwich.

"I moved here and the business was for sale," Mrs. Brown said last week. "I did well for over 17 years. Then, the dollar stores came in and people started buying on the Internet and eBay. When the economy went down hill two years ago, that was it."

Over the years, Mrs. Brown's customers have also become friends. When she broke a knee cap, cards poured in and casseroles were brought by her home, she recalled. The same thing happened again when she suffered a heart attack.

Now at age 75, Mrs. Brown doesn't feel ready for retirement but knows she can no longer compete in the market place.

"Progress happens," she said with a sad smile. "You can't stop progress. It has to come."

With 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Mrs. Brown knows she will have time taken up with family.

Her most recent granddaughter, Mikayla, is just 8 weeks old.

"I'll see if I can get some kind of part-time job," Mrs. Brown said. "I've got to keep busy. I exercise every day, read a lot and do crosswords. Keeping your mind and body active at my age is important."

The Enchanted Forest, located at 285 Litchfield Road (Route 202) in New Milford, is open six days a week and closed Wednesdays. Hours are weekdays through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.