(Seneca Falls, NY) – The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce has announced the location for its next Ca$h Mob. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 9th from 4-6:30pm at New Beginnings Boutique located at 103 Fall Street in Seneca Falls. All Ca$h Mob participants will receive 10% off of their purchase that evening and an additional coupon lasting the rest of the week. The New Beginnings Boutique, a project of the Seneca County House of Concern, offers a great selection of gently used women’s clothing and accessories. From small to plus size, the selection of gently used designer fashions offers something for everyone. Having just celebrated its second year, all proceeds from the New Beginnings Boutique support the Seneca County House of Concern Food Pantry and its mission to help those in need with basic needs such as food, clothes and household items and to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
The concept of a Ca$h Mob is to organize a mass gathering of individuals at a local business in order to raise consumer awareness and drive sales of local goods and services. Attendees to the event receive special discounts or other special incentives during the specified event times. In addition, the Seneca County Ca$h Mob helps create economic development by keeping more money within the community.
To learn more about the program, please call 315-568-2906 for more information or visit www.senecachamber.org or www.fingerlakescentral.com. Additional details can be found on social media outlets including Facebook [Seneca County (Chamber of Commerce)] and Twitter [@senecacountyny].
Established in 1968, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce represents over 500 local and regional business and associate partners. The Chamber provides initiative and leadership, offering programs and benefits that promote its members and tourism partners, foster economic development and enhance the quality of life in Central Finger Lakes region.
The Seneca County House of Concern invites you to help celebrate New Beginnings Boutique’s 2nd Anniversary this Saturday, June 6th from 11am-4pm. We will have refreshments by Celeste as well as 20% of any purchase of $50 or more!
In 2013, with the help of store manager Lynne Wimmer, the House of Concern transformed a space on Fall Street into a shopper-friendly boutique filled with previously enjoyed women’s clothing and accessories. Since then, both our inventory of designer fashions and our following have increased resulting in the need to move to a larger location down the street. Now located at 103 Fall Street, New Beginnings Boutique has more room for fashions and accessories as well as comfortable shopping. Like its sister store on State Street, all proceeds go to help support the House of Concern food pantry.
The New Beginnings Boutique, a Project of the Seneca County House of Concern, has re-opened in new larger quarters just down the street from the original location. The new store will be nearly three times the size of the original with expanded mechandise. The store has been closed temporarily as preparations were made to move to the new location.
That enterprise has provided a new retail storefront in the downtown area, helping build traffic for all downtown businesses, and the sales generated by the Boutique provide funds to help stock the shelves in the food pantry. HOC Executive Director Diane Draheim says the store has been a great success both in terms of customer feedback and in sales. By getting a better return for the many high quality women’s clothing items donated to the HOC, the store has generated new revenues while offering a great shopping experience. Items can also be taken on consignment at the store.
From nearly opening day, New Beginnings Boutique store Manager Lynne Wimmer has been eager to expand to larger quarters. The new store is located at 103 Fall Street (although one consequence of the move is that the sign over the new building was made for the original store and still has the old address, a problem they hope to remedy soon). The space for the store is being donated rent and utility free through the generosity of Bruce Bonafiglia and Bonadent.
The new store is already refurbished and the “soft opening” will be held on Monday, April 7th at 11am. The store will then be open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Spring hours will be Wednesday, 10-5; Thursday and Friday, 11-6; and Saturday 11-4.
Dozens of people helped clean, paint and refurbish the new location in preparation of Monday’s opening. “It’s probably bad to start mentioning names since there are so many people to thank, but we do want to give a special thank you to Board members Dave and Bonnie Saunders and their extended family, and Denise and Greg Sarra, all of whom really went beyond the call of duty. They not only to put in many hours of labor themselves, but also to recruit others to help with the move. We could not possibly have made the move without all those folks,” said Wimmer.
The Boutique is one of the ways the House of Concern Board of Directors has met the rising needs for food in Seneca County. in January alone, the food pantry was able to furnish over 31,000 meals to hungry residents. “With growing need and cuts in funding, we are facing a double whammy,” says HOC Board President, Stephen Beals. “We are determined to keep our doors open for as long as there is a need. The New Beginnings Boutique is one small example of how we are thinking ‘outside of the box’ to meet those needs. Our recent very successful Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion show is another example. This Board and dozens of volunteers have spent hundreds of volunteer hours trying to raise much needed funds and think of new ways to engage the community. We owe a great deal to those volunteers and could not meet the need without their support and energy.”
The House of Concern is a partner agency of United Way of Seneca County.
Disclosure: Seneca Daily News Publisher Stephen Beals is Board President of the Seneca County House of Concern.
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce will co-host an upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening event to celebrate the growth and expansion for one of its local members, the Seneca County House of Concern. New Beginnings Boutique is a newly opened consignment shop that is owned and operated by the House of Concern, and is managed by Lynn Wimmer.
The event will include photo opportunities with a short presentation, and will take place on Wednesday July 17 at 11:00am at New Beginnings Boutique, located at 91A Fall Street in Seneca Falls. The boutique will offer a 10% discount on any items purchased from Wednesday, July 17th through Saturday, July 20th. Light refreshments will be served to those in attendance.
House of Concern Executive Director Diane Draheim stated her excitement for the expansion. “We are so pleased with this new venture, and really look forward to this open house event as an opportunity to open our doors to the
community, where local residents, businesses and community partners can stop in to see and hear firsthand what we are all about.”
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce hopes for this exact same outcome.
“Ribbon Cutting and Open House Events are just one of the many services that we can offer to help enhance exposure for our members while marketing their businesses; and truly reap the benefits of Chamber Membership,” said Cassandra Harrington, the Chamber’s Membership Services Coordinator.
Draheim noted that the organization strives in continuing efforts towards greater awareness while participating in new projects that may result in
additional donations or other ways that benefit or assist with their causes. “Our goal is to never have to turn folks away that are in need,” she added.
The Seneca County House of Concern is a local non-profit organization established in 1969, and specializes in securing and providing food support, clothing, furniture and household items to those in need, while assisting
with other direct services such as providing advocacy for individuals.
The House of Concern joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and already has taken advantage of several business and networking benefits that the Chamber provides. They were one of the local recipients to benefit from Finger Lakes Cork & Fork’s efforts towards combating hunger. Cork & Fork- a regional food, wine and agri-tourism event, is held each September at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls and is managed by the Chamber. In 2012 the House of Concern was presented with a monetary donation as well as non perishable items that were collected from food drives arranged during event promotions. The 2013 Finger Lakes Cork & Fork festival will be held on Friday-Saturday, September 20-21.
For more information about Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, and Open House events, or for more details about marketing opportunities within Chamber membership,
please contact the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce at (315) 568-2906 or visit www.senecachamber.org.
Grand Open House Event- Expansion Reception. New Beginnings Boutique consignment store, newly opened under the Seneca County House of Concern.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with photo opportunities: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 11am
New Beginnings Boutique, 91A Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.
To offer the community an opportunity to view, shop and support the fight against hunger in Seneca County.
DETAILS: The boutique will offer a 10% discount on any items purchased from Wednesday, July 17th through Saturday, July 20th. Light refreshments will be served to those in attendance.
Shop details: The store will concentrate on selling high-end and designer clothes, handbags, shoes and jewelry for women.
There is a new retail business in downtown Seneca Falls and it won’t make a dime. But that’s the way it is intended to be. Instead of profits, all proceeds will go to feeding the hungry in Seneca County.
The Seneca County House of Concern, faced with a staggering growth in need and dwindling government funding will be opening the New Beginnings Boutique next door to Women Made Products and directly across Fall Street from Parkers restaurant.
The new venture will be run by store manager Lynne Wimmer. Wimmer joined the staff last month for the opening day on Wednesday, June 19th. The staff of the House of Concern and volunteers worked for the past month preparing the space by tearing down walls, putting in new floors and creating a dressing room and sales counter.
The New Beginnings Boutique has begun accepting clothing as donations or on consignment. The plan is to buy clothing outright for resale. Persons with items for consignment are asked to make an appointment to have their clothing evaluated for possible purchases and to limit the number of items being offered to 15 pieces. The store concentrates on selling high-end and designer clothes, handbags, shoes and jewelry for women.
“This store will be quite different from the New Beginnings Thrift Store which shares space with the House of Concern food pantry on State Street,” says House of Concern Board President, Stephen Beals. “We’ll be looking for high-end merchandise and Lynne, Bob and the volunteers have been working hard to make the store an inviting place for bargain hunters. There’s a real trend for shopping at consignment stores, and we were very fortunate to find someone with the expertise and experience of Lynne to help us create a great little shop right in the middle of downtown Seneca Falls.”
But the bottom line for both New Beginnings stores is that all proceeds go directly for buying food for Seneca County’s hungry. Although the organization has been around since 1969, there has never been anywhere close to the number of food insecure families. “Our raw numbers of families and individuals served has more than doubled in the last five years, while at the same time our funding from government sources has been cut significantly. We simply had to make significant changes to respond to the growing needs in our community,” says House of Concern Executive Director Diane Draheim. “In May we were responsible for providing more than 17,000 meals for people in or county.”
The store opening on Wednesday was actually a “soft” opening, with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting scheduled for July 17th. The store hours on Wednesday will be from 11-5 and the store will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Wimmer says they will determine what hours they will be open based on store traffic and customer demand. The store is looking for volunteers with a strong retail background and great customer service skills who would like to offer their expertise to help with the new effort.
The New Beginnings Boutique is located at 91A Fall Street and the phone number is 316-568-4401.