Boutique breaking out
Also preparing for a big move – Families in Transition’s OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique, which has sold enough tax credits to finance its move from Bicentennial Square into a larger storefront on Main Street.
The homeless-services nonprofit was awarded about $277,000 in state tax credits last year to help expand the store. As of last week, $223,575 had been sold, leaving $53,550 remaining, according to Michele Talwani, the group’s director of economic development and marketing.
Talwani said the group is now looking at Main Street storefronts and wants to relocate by Market Days in July.
“We want to be on Main Street for the prime shopping season, which is the summer,” she said.
The new store will have the same “high-end feel” as the current boutique, she said, but will offer larger items like furniture, as does the group’s flagship Manchester store.
The remaining credits must be sold by Dec. 31.
“We feel like we have enough going forward to open the store, grow it, promote it, and use that last remaining bit to get a new truck, which is really essential to our business model, as well,” Talwani said.