A new thrift store will open in downtown Kennewick to benefit a nonprofit providing hospice, palliative and grief care.
Chaplaincy Health Care will open Repeat Boutique on March 31.
The store will feature gently-used clothing and accessories for men, women and children, household items, furniture, home décor and more.
“Very often we have families who have items they’d like to donate after a loved one passes, and for the longest time, we just couldn’t take them. A year or so ago, we started having some serious conversations about opening a store; a location became available and things just started falling into place,” said Gary Castillo, executive director of Chaplaincy Health Care.
Repeat Boutique will be in the former Purple Parasol store at 22 W. Kennewick Ave.
The formal wear store’s owners retired last fall after 35 years in business.
They donated a modest selection of new wedding gowns and formal wear — evening gowns and prom dresses — to the new store. Repeat Boutique customers can peruse the gowns by appointment only.
“The store owners knew we were going to lease the space. They were incredibly generous,” said Leslie Streeter, director of communications for Chaplaincy Health Care.
Revenue from Repeat Boutique sales will be used to enhance and support hospice services, both in-home and at the hospice house in Kennewick.
Customers who visit downtown Kennewick’s other thrift stores likely will add Repeat Boutique to their shopping circuit, Streeter said.
“Hospice thrift stores are pretty prevalent in other markets. I think hospice is one of those things people feel drawn to support and donate to. I think that’s going to give us a leg up, especially in that downtown Kennewick area. There are a number of thrift stores and repurposed furniture stores, but we see that as a positive. We think they’ll shop among the different shops,” she said.
Chaplaincy volunteers also plan on holding arts and craft events at the store.
Repeat Boutique will be staffed by volunteers and one part-time employee.
The ribbon-cutting is at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 31.
Shopping hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday beginning Friday, March 31.
Donations will be accepted 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday once the store opens.
For more information about volunteering at the store, call Greta Dority at 509-783-7416.
The store’s phone number is 509-619-0600.
Look for more information about the store online or on Facebook.
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