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New store helps needy

Shelter’s shop sells merchandise, helps homeless

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

Jessica David, executive director of the Emmaus Shelter, and friends look over their new store Emma’s Attic II at 206 Broome St. before it was stocked with items. The shop will include vintage furniture and decorative pieces plus high-end items including clothing, dresses, shoes and coats.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/02/web1_Emmas-Attic-2.jpegJessica David, executive director of the Emmaus Shelter, and friends look over their new store Emma’s Attic II at 206 Broome St. before it was stocked with items. The shop will include vintage furniture and decorative pieces plus high-end items including clothing, dresses, shoes and coats.

Melanie Ruberti | Daily News

LaGRANGE — A new store has opened its doors in town where folks can shop for upscale merchandise and support a cause at the same time.

Emma’s Attic II: Classy with a Purpose is now welcoming people at the new shop at 206 Broome St.

The store is the second thrift-type shop owned and operated by the Emmaus Shelter, a local organization that helps homeless men, women and children in the community.

The group held a soft pre-open party Friday and said it was a success.

Jessica David, executive director of the Emmaus Shelter, said Emma’s Attic II will be an “upscale resale” store.

“It’s all about regifting these beautiful things that people have gifted us with,” David told the Daily News in December.

She said the items include high-end clothes and shoes, repurposed furniture, vintage boutique pieces and more. Also, just in time for prom season, there will be racks full of designer dresses and coats.

“We really hope to capitalize on the sophisticated art tastes of our neighbors,” David said.

The original Emma’s Attic thrift store at 321 Greenville St. will remain open and continue to sell a variety of items.

David said the proceeds from both shops will benefit the Emmaus shelters, including the day center, women’s home, the Matthews Building men’s shelter and the warming center, when it is needed throughout the winter. The money will also help fund the many events the organization hosts throughout the year.

Emma’s Attic II hours of operation will be 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

David said a grand opening celebration will be set later in the month.

Anyone wanting more information about either store or the Emmaus Shelter may contact Jessica David at 706-883-7471.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.