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Haven Hospice is opening a Chiefland branch of its upscale thrift shop, Attic resale store, on March 10 and is partnering with two local community groups to help its clients with furnishing their homes and work wardrobes.
"There are some partnerships in the community that we are joining — Another Way and Meridian Behavioral Health," said Susan Follick, spokeswoman for Haven Hospice. "We will provide vouchers for them to buy clothes to go out for job interviews and we will have furniture and they can use vouchers so they can furnish their home."
The Chiefland operation — located in the shopping center at the corner of U.S. Highway 19 and U.S. Highway 129 — will be the fourth for the organization that operates the Chiefland Care Center Facility. The 7,500 square foot facility will offer for sale new and gently used furniture, brand-name clothing, electronics, books, housewares, antiques, jewelry, toys and much more.
The store opening comes at a time when Hospice of the Nature Coast is building a "superthrift" store with a cafe and office on North Main Street in Chiefland. Although both organizations are non-profit and provide end of life care, they differ in their approach.
For Haven, the approach to operating upscale stores with name brand and designer clothing that sells for as low as $1 a piece has been a success. The stores raise money for the unfunded and unreimbursed care provided to patients and their families in the tri-county area in 2011. That tab in 2011 amounted to $250,000.
For the grand opening, Storn Roberts of the morning show "Storm and Chris" on KTK 98.5 will be broadcasting live from 10 a.m. to noon.
The store will also have a prize wheel and bounce house for the kids. There will be soft drinks, popcorn and candy available.
Before the official opening the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome its newest business with a mixer on March 8.
The store will provide employment for a manager and an associate manager. Follick said the organization
will also need as many as 50 volunteers to staff and operate the shop.
For more information or to volunteer call 800-727-1889.