A ‘Black Friday’ opening for Southfield-based upscale resale store

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    Delta Service Through Detroit Foundation, Inc., a non-profit serving metro Detroit, will open Twice Nice — an upscale resale shop — this month in Southfield. It will open for business at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29, at 26205 Greenfield Road, between 10 and 11 Mile Roads, just north of Lincoln. Profits will benefit community organizations through grants, as well as the public service programming of the foundation, in partnership with the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    “This project provides a sustainable revenue source for the foundation, allowing us to continue to provide help to those in need in the Detroit metro area,” said DSTDFI President Jessye V. Franklin. “We have some fabulous items already and we’re looking for more.”

    Startup monies for the venture were raised through foundation fundraisers, the pilot shop on ebay, and by DSTDFI board member contributions. The charitable fundraising business model also earned the support of the Michigan Women’s Foundation, which granted DSTDFI an Angel Micro Loan at the maximum level which is $35,000.

    RECYCLE GOODS

    The upscale resale store will sell donated new and gently used clothes, accessories, furniture and other fashionable and home goods, and will be staffed predominately by volunteers. All items will be affordably priced and there’s something for everyone in the “Nice,” “Very Nice” and “Extremely Nice, Individually Priced” color-coded pricing structure. Holiday shopping hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    RETRAIN WORKERS

    The Twice Nice project gives back to the community in more ways than one. The programming aspect of the venture is a long-term goal for a workforce development component — the opportunity to train metro Detroiters who desire a career in retail and/or retail management. DSTDFI will partner with a big box retailer to serve as an employee pipeline. Working for the nonprofit will also be an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn the community service hours that are required for their high school graduation.

    REINVEST DOLLARS

    Profits from Twice Nice will be reinvested in the community through direct grants to community-based nonprofits and through service projects. Funds will also support programming delivered by the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    “This resale shop is unique,” said Mardi L. Woods, chair of the resale committee for the foundation. “Not only will it support access to goods in a clean, organized and accessible location, but the foundation will offer grants to other nonprofits that are doing work that responds directly to community need.”

    The foundation is accepting donations of new and gently used goods on a continuing basis. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.twiceNICEresale.org or visit on Facebook.

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