New Beginnings Boutique Re-Opens in New Space

Boutique Front
The New Beginnings Boutique will reopen in new space at 103 Fall Street on Monday, April 7th at 11am.

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.

Boutique Show Rack
This shoe rack is among the additions in the new facility built by Board member Dave Saunders, who also made new counters, a dressing room and much more.

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.

Boutique April 1
The Boutique carries gently used high quality women’s clothing and accessories. The store accepts donations and consignments.

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.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Wednesday, July 17th

New Beginnings BoutiqueSeneca Chamber to Co-Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Grand Opening for House of Concern’s New Beginnings Boutique

from Seneca Daily

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.

HOClogoHouse 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.

Boutique
Left to Right, Bob Adkins, store manager of the New Beginnings Thrift Shop at the House of Concern on State Street, Lynne Wimmer, store manager for the New Beginnings Boutique on Fall Street, and Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth, House of Concern Board Treasurer and Chair of the Boutique Committee.

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.

Foodlink HOC
House of Concern Board members Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth and Phil Dressing distribute food at a recent Foodlink delivery.

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.

The Basics:

WHO/WHAT:
Grand Open House Event- Expansion Reception. New Beginnings Boutique consignment store, newly opened under the Seneca County House of Concern.

WHEN:
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with photo opportunities: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 11am

WHERE:
New Beginnings Boutique, 91A Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

WHY:
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.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

Please call 315.568.4401 for more information or visit http://houseofconcern.org.

House of Concern Honors Volunteers

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HOC Volunteers
A few of the staff members, Board Members and Volunteers who got together for lunch on Volunteer Appreciation Day

The Seneca County House of Concern honored its volunteers earlier this week as staff and Board members joined them for a celebration luncheon at the offices on State Street in Seneca Falls. The House of Concern provides a food pantry and thrift store to persons in need throughout Seneca County.

The organization has seen tremendous increases in need and a corresponding decrease in government assistance, which requires even more input on the part of volunteers to meet the needs of the community to provide proper nutrition for our neighbors.

The HOC has also partnered with other agencies and businesses to provide nutrition and financial management training to help those seeking aid find ways to become more food secure. They also receive supplemental food from Foodlink and various community gardens.

The House of Concern was instrumental in starting the Seneca Falls Community Garden and worked closely with the community garden project in Waterloo as well.

On May 17-18, the House of Concern is partnering with the Hotel Clarence to present a fashion show and luncheon, The Traveling Little Black Dress Creates New Beginnings, to benefit their efforts. The show will feature local models and clothes and accessories from area businesses. There will be auction items available as well. One of the highlights will be examples of how great outfits can be put together from clothes from the House of Concern’s New Beginning Thrift Store.

HOC New Beginnings BoutiqueComing in June will be a new storefront operation on Fall Street in Seneca Falls. The New Beginnings Boutique will feature high-end gently worn clothing and consignments, as well as accessories. The shop, adjacent to WomanMade Products is currently being remodeled for its Grand Opening. All funds generated from the new store will be sued to help the increasing need for food for the organization’s consumers.