A local business held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completed renovations aimed at giving customers an overall better shopping experience.
Located at 384 Main St., Good Cause Gifts came to town eight years ago.
After almost a decade in business, store manager Sharon Faucher said it was “time for a change" and to "brighten things up.”
As part of the renovations, Good Cause Gifts installed new fixtures, changed wall colors, and altered the overall look inside the store.
“With the new layout we can put [out] more merchandise without it looking crowded,” said Faucher.
Also, the store expanded its Connecticut and Berlin/Kensington merchandise collection and children’s department, and added a 'spa and candle’ section.
Good Cause Gifts stores sell accessories, clothing and home goods. The stores use their 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.
“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.”
Mayor Mark Kaczynski, who attended the Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting, thanked the Good Cause Gifts staff and volunteers for their hard work.
“It’s busy downtown now,” said Kaczynski. “But it’s a good thing, and part of it is the success of your establishment here.”
Economic Development Director Chris Edge added, “We are thrilled that Good Cause Gifts and Futures Inc. are a part of the Berlin community. It's mission-driven and people-driven, which is so important.”
To learn more about Good Cause Gifts, visit goodcausegifts.org.