COLUMBIANA- The Way Station thrift store is celebrating a grand opening in April.
DeVine's Thrift Store, located within the Way Station, is hosting a series of events each Saturday all month to mark the change in operation (see pull box for full list of events).
Originally opened in October, the shop has taken on a more formal setting, with extended hours and a greater reach, offering something for everyone in the community, according to Executive Director Vicki Hopper.
Vicki Hopper, executive director at the Way Station in Columbiana, displays artwork and clothing that are featured at the organization’s DeVine’s Thrift Store opening Saturday inside the Way Station. All proceeds from the business go toward the organization’s ministries. Several events are scheduled for each Saturday in April to mark the opening. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
"Before it was kind of like the donations came to the back door and the people with needs through the front," she explained. "We're hoping this blends the two groups of people together."
The store features not only typical thrift items such as clothing, household items and games, but also includes an Artisan's Corner where local artists can display and sell their artwork and visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee.
And all proceeds will continue to benefit the Way Station ministries.
"All revenue goes toward the ministries here," Hopper said. "The thrift store adds to the ways people can help- through donations and through purchases."
Hopper noted that despite the changes at the store, community members may still donate items as usual. Individuals and families who qualify for the organization's food distribution (those falling under the 200 percent income guidelines) will also continue to receive discounted prices on clothing, she added.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
To contact the business call the Way Station at 330-482-5072.
Incorporated in 1988, the Way Station is a not-for profit, 501(c) 3 entity. It assists families in need through its food pantry and monthly distribution, job training, support groups site and special events such as its Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas adopt-a-family programs. It also has an East Liverpool location as well as a Youth Build program that offers troubled teens an opportunity to earn their diplomas of GEDs while gaining construction experience.
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