BERLIN – A local shop recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate renovations designed to improve the shopping experience.
Good Cause Gifts, 384 Main St, came to town eight years ago and store manager Sharon Faucher believed it was “time for a change and brighten things up.”
As part of the renovations, the store got new fixtures, a more efficient layout and new wall colors, from taupe to white.
“With the new layout we can put more merchandise out without it looking crowded,” said Faucher.
The store has also expanded its line of merchandise made locally and throughout the state, added more items in the children’s department and created a new spa and candle section.
Mayor Mark Kaczynski, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, thanked the Good Cause Gifts staff.
“It’s busy downtown now,” said Kaczynski. “But it’s a good thing and part of it is the success of your establishment here.”
“We are thrilled that Good Cause Gifts and Futures Inc. are a part of the Berlin community,” added Berlin Economic Development Director Chris Edge.“It's mission-driven and people-driven, which is so important.”
Good Cause Gifts is a boutique that sell accessories, clothing, and home goods. The store use its revenue to create and support employment opportunities for people with disabilities across the state.
More than 20 individuals with disabilities work at Good Cause Gifts in Berlin, New Britain, and West Hartford. They help run the store, performing all sorts of tasks, including working as sales associates and keeping track of products. They receive a one-on-one educational experience that includes intensive, hands-on job training.
“We want to create environments where everyone is respected and valued,” Faucher said. “We offer employment opportunities and social activities for individuals with disabilities to help them live integrated lives within their local communities.”
To find out more go to https://www.goodcausegifts.org/