Work crews are putting the finishing touches on a new building that will house a thrift store and cafe on the campus of the Black Mountain Home for Children. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 (time TBA), to coincide with the Black Mountain Home’s Fall Festival, its biggest annual public event.
The store is located on Lake Eden Road, just off Old U.S. Highway 70, and is tentatively expected to be open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The cafe will most likely start out as a coffee shop (in partnership with Black Mountain’s Dynamite Roasting), with plans to add light breakfast and lunch fare at a later date. Tentative hours for the cafe are Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds from the thrift store and cafe will benefit the Black Mountain Home for Children.
Shoppers at the new store can expect to find a little bit of everything ~ clothing, furniture, housewares, tools, sporting goods, electronics, etc. The store will also carry hardware and building supplies, such as windows and doors. There’s even going to be a section showcasing the work of local artists!
In addition to providing the community with an attractive and well-organized place to shop for quality used items at reasonable prices, the thrift store will serve as a training ground for young people who live at the Black Mountain Home and would otherwise lose their support services when they “age out” of the foster care system at 18. These young people will continue to live on campus in the independent living apartments, while working in the thrift store/cafe as part of a new apprenticeship program designed to teach marketable job skills.
Donations of used items in good condition are being accepted now. The Black Mountain Home has purchased a box truck to pick up larger items. For info on how to donate, please call 828-686-3451. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the thrift store and cafe once it opens. If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jason Covert, at 828-686-0774.
If all goes according to plan, the thrift store may have a “soft” opening in late summer. Stay tuned for details . . . .