By SYDNEY BERRY
The Salvation Army in Columbia is opening a new clothing store, Walnut Street Boutique, inside its family thrift store, 23 E. Walnut St.
The grand opening will be at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The boutique will offer name-brand clothing — some new — and vintage clothing, women’s formal wear and accessories.
“The store is a separate room toward the back of the thrift store,” said Robert Wells, Walnut Thrift Store manager. “It has all new floors, paint and decor and is sealed off with a door.
“It’s basically a store within a store. There isn’t a street entrance.”
All items are donated, said Cyndy Chapman, regional development director of the Salvation Army.
The new name-brand clothing will be items bought but unworn with tags still attached, she said.
The boutique will have the “cream-of-the-crop items” from the thrift store and allow it to showcase the higher-quality donations.
Proceeds from the thrift store are used locally to provide shelter, emergency food and clothing to people here in the community.
“If there is a Salvation Army in a community, whether it be here or in another state, the funds will go to that specific community,” Wells said.
“It’s a big point of pride for the Salvation Army, and this way if someone is giving to their local branch, they will know their donations are going back into helping their own community.”
Hours for the new Walnut Street Boutique will be Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are very fortunate to have people who believe in the mission of the Salvation army,” Chapman said.