Parma resident oversees operation of non-profit resale stores: Sun Postings
PARMA, Ohio — When Kathy Cole joined the Christ Child Society of Cleveland Five years ago, she decided to volunteer with the non-profit organization Showcase Resale Shop in Lakewood.
The store offers new and gently used clothing for men, women and children; accessories; jewelry; household items; art; books; games and other miscellaneous items. Proceeds benefit the organization’s mission: to meet the needs of children in the Greater Cleveland community.
Cole spent more than two years overseeing operations and training volunteers for the Lakewood Shop. Late last fall, the company learned of the opportunity to open a second store in Fairview Park. Another nonprofit operated a resale store in the building, but decided to change management.
After discussing the opportunity, Cole said the Christ Child Society decided to look for a second location in the Lorain Road storefront. They signed a lease in December 2021, and after renovations to the building, including painting and installing new flooring, the shop opened on April 2.
Cole and her husband Tom, who belong to St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Parmahelped with the renovation.
“Tom installed light fixtures, helped install shelving and shelving, and he built a sorting center for donations,” she said.
Cole now oversees operations and volunteer training for the Lakewood and Fairview Park stores.
The main hall on the first floor of the new boutique is filled with neatly curated displays of women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and more. An adjacent room displays works of art, wall hangings, housewares, china, glassware, sundries, and jewelry.
Upstairs, a room contains children’s clothes, toys and other objects. Another has neatly hung shelves of men’s clothing and accessories. A third is filled with household items and a fourth contains gift items and trinkets.
“Our goal is to make it look like a boutique,” Cole said. “We want to have attractive displays and good prices to keep the merchandise moving.”
At the Fairview Park location, Mondays are half-price days, with everything on sale on the first Monday of the month and half-price clothing on other Mondays.
At the Lakewood store, everything is half price on Tuesdays.
Stores will have bag sales in March and September, Cole said.
“Then we clear and clean the store and reset the merchandise for next season,” she said.
Donations of new or lightly used items that are clean and in good condition are welcome at both stores during business hours. They cannot accept stuffed animals, pillows, comforters, or other fleece-filled items, or furniture and bulky items.
Items that cannot be used in the store are donated to other charities.
“My goal is to get as much merchandise as possible recycled, reused and renewed,” Cole said.
Hours at Fairview Park Store20470 Lorain Road, are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, closed Wednesday and Sunday.
The Lakewood Shop, 15404 Madison Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Both sites are closed on public holidays, Good Friday and Christmas Eve.
Local hero: Kudos to Independence Police Detective Andrew March for leading the investigation that led to the arrest of two suspects in the March 4 robbery at Chase Bank on Brecksville Road in Independence.
A man entered the bank, gave the cashier a note, asked for money and ran away. The suspects were apprehended a few weeks after the robbery.
Police Chief Robert Butler presented March with a certificate of congratulations last week for his distinguished service to the city. Butler praised March for his “excellent, above-and-beyond skill in tracking down the thief and his accomplice”.
The case was March’s first since arriving at the Independence Police Department Detective Bureau.
Security City: Brooklyn will offer a week-long Safety Town course this summer to teach children entering kindergarten safe practices at school and at home, including pedestrian, school bus, fire and seat belt safety. security, 911 calls and danger from strangers.
Brooklyn residents could register until June 6. Registration is open to all from June 7 to 22.
Cost is $35 for Brooklyn residents and $45 for non-residents, which includes a t-shirt, take-out gear, and certificate of completion.
Six one-week sessions are offered Monday through Friday at varying times. Registration is limited.
Visit brooklynoh.myrec.com/info/activities/programs_details.aspx for more information and registration.
Save this date: Just a reminder that Seven Hills Farmers Markets will resume from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, July 7 to September 29, at the corner of Broadview and Hillside Roads. Every week there will be a food truck and entertainment.
Disposal of hazardous waste: Residents of Parma Heights can bring hazardous waste to be disposed of at the Greenbrier Commons service garage from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (June 11). Proof of residency is required.
Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste. It should be allowed to solidify and placed in curbside bins. Alkaline batteries can also be thrown in the trash when they run out.
For more information on acceptable and unacceptable items, visit cuyahogarecycles.org.
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