GARRETT – The owners of an Auburn fashion boutique helped two area nonprofits and a retired businessman in one business last year.
When the pandemic caused the temporary closure of the All About You store in Auburn and the permanent closure of their Shipshewana store a year ago, Kevin and Robin Heller were approached by another businessman who owned a storefront in the center. -City of Chicago and Shipshewana. He asked the Hellers if they might be interested in purchasing his entire inventory of women’s clothing. The owner was in his late 80s and ready to retire after the death of his wife, Joyce, for whom the clothing line was named.
At first, Heller said he wasn’t very interested in buying the merchandise he described as “a different style, a different market” for the Auburn site, but would have been a good choice. ‘they had kept their Shipshewana store.
Heller admitted he had a soft spot in his heart for the clinic that serves the uninsured and underinsured residents of Noble in DeKalb counties, after being treated at the St. Martin’s Health Clinic in Garrett there. at some time.
Garrett’s Curiosity Shop donates a large chunk of its profits to the clinic, and the Hellers felt it was a win-win for everyone. Another goal was to help promote the store and St. Martin’s, he added.
The next day, the Hellers decided to buy the entire set of 2,000 clothes and shelves.
Transporting inventory that would almost fill a semi-trailer to Garrett’s Curiosity Shop was another hurdle.
It was at this point that Team Quality Service in Auburn mobilized to lend the Hellers the use of a box truck, which they filled with goods. Three vans were also loaded with clothing.
With the help of volunteers, the items were moved to Garrett’s site within one day and stored in the resale store’s warehouse and sorted. Items will be brought to the store when space permits.
The clothing line is for all seasons, from casual leisure to work wear, ranging from women’s sizes XS to 5X. Since the items were brand new with original tags, buyers may gift them to others as well.
The Hellers are delighted with the quality of sales of the items in the store.
âOur hearts were so full,â Heller said of the donation. “It felt good.”
âThe pandemic struck and there was the gift of Kevin and Robin,â said Connie Dicke, chair of the board of directors of the Curiosity Shop. “It was huge, and we just needed to go get it.”
She thanked all the volunteers who helped make this possible: Bonnie and Jerry Disc, Susan Smith, Carol Reese, Connie and Ron Dicke, Andrea Clarke, Stella Ritchie and Pete Lamp.
âThey all made a difference,â she said.