OUTFITTERS THRIFT STORE BOUTIQUE FINDS A NEW HOME DOWNTOWN
PHOTO: BOUTIQUE FINDS STYLISH NEW HOME.The OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique, which helps fund Families in Transition’s housing and services for the homeless, has moved to a new location on 20 South Main Street, Concord. The store also has expanded its selection beyond women’s clothing and accessories to include men’s and children’s clothing, books, housewares and furniture.
Store moves to South Main Street location, expands selection
CONCORD, NH – The OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique is taking its socially conscious style to a new location. Previously located in Bicentennial Square in Concord, NH, the popular store, which helps fund housing and programs at the Manchester and Concord-based homeless services provider Families in Transition (FIT), has moved to 20 South Main Street. The new space is in a Victorian-style home, giving shoppers the feel of an upscale department store with the benefit of low thrift store prices.
The move means more space and a greater selection of merchandise. At ten times the size of the previous Boutique location, the store has expanded beyond its trademark gently used, upscale women’s clothing and accessories. The new store now also carries new and gently used upscale men’s and children’s clothing, housewares, furniture and books. Its home-like layout will allow visitors to shop furniture sets displayed in actual room set ups, look through a shoe closet, and page through books in a reading nook. All of the store’s profits will be directed back to Families in Transition programming.
The expansion and relocation of the OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique was funded in part by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) tax credit program, which allows businesses with a tax liability in New Hampshire to invest in community development projects in exchange for tax credits. Cityside Management Corporation in Manchester took a leading role in the tax credit campaign by making both the first and final major donations to the project. The following area businesses also generously donated through the CDFA to support FIT: Anagnost Investments, Inc.; Grappone Automotive Group; Merrimack County Savings Bank; MTS Services; Northern Elastomeric Inc.; People’s United Bank; Laconia Savings Bank; Northway Bank; Checkmate Workforce Management Solutions; Foothills Physical Therapy and Peter Brankman CPA.
Also crucial to funding the project was a $20,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
“We are so grateful to Cityside Management Corporation and all of the donors that helped to bring this project to fruition,” said Michele Talwani, Director of Economic Development and Marketing at Families in Transition. “It’s amazing how much support we received by so many businesses who truly understand the Boutique’s expansion and relocation is a creative way for FIT to help pay for the housing and services we provide to formerly homeless families. I think our customers will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and breadth of items they can find in our store.”
For more information about the new store, including hours and how to donate new and gently used items, visit www.outfittersnh.org. The OutFITters Thrift Store also has a flagship location at 394 Second Street in Manchester.
Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, as well as a newly established commercial cleaning company, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores, and the commercial cleaning company visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.