(You know this is true because the building was once a one-room school; it's in the country -- sort of; you know it's a store because it's filled with marvelous goods and spicy aromas; and the prices would make any old Yankee smile.)
Are you looking for the absolutely perfect gift... or a great little conversation piece for your home?
Then, how about a custom made silk or dried floral arrangement, a personalized gift basket, one-of-a-kind clothes that fit 18 inch dolls, furniture for the dolls, flags, afghans, candles, pottery, specialty items, and so much more!
We've got them all -- and more. At prices ranging from $2 to more than $100, but always a bargain.
We keep a file of names of customers, dates, and the amount of money spent. When $100 is spent, a 10% discount is offered on the next purchase made at the store (all purchases made at one time -- not limited to a single item). This past year, some customers waited 'til $200 was spent, put Christmas gifts on layaway, and saved 20% (the highest percentage allowed) on all of their gifts!
The reason we keep the date of purchase is that we give our customers a letter stating that 50% of monies spent at the store in a given year is a donation and therefore a tax deduction.
The store, a former historic one-room school house had at one point been turned into a garage before being restored and returned to its original purpose -- a place of learning. The 3 R's now being taught are: re-learning of skills, re-learning of hope and dignity, and re-learning of independence. Here, in a safe, supportive and individually paced environment, members prepare for their successful vocational re-entry into the community.
Members become work ready at their individual rate. A brain injury often leaves a person without physical and emotional energy. A person's level of limit to stay on task may only be 10-15 minutes at first. Because of the proximity of the program, a member can work at the store for only 10-15 minutes before tiring and returning to the program. Time spent is recorded and used as a baseline to strengthen endurance and skill building.