Beaufort Boys & Girls Club Teen Center reopening as thrift store

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Beaufort Boys & Girls Club Teen Center reopening as thrift store

By ERIN MOODY
emoody@beaufortgazette.com
Published Friday, August 17, 2012   |  662 Words  |  

The building that once was home to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Beaufort Area teen club will reopen this week as a thrift store.

Store profits will benefit the Boys & Girls Club, and allow teenagers who volunteer to learn about working in a retail store, manager Jane Truslow said. It will open Aug. 22 at 1211 Harrington St., and a grand opening and ribbon-cutting will be in September.

The store seeks donations to stock the store, including clothing, furniture, appliances, bedding, dishware, electronics, housewares, plastics, books, lamps, pictures, computers, and lawn and garden items. All donations are tax deductible, and receipts will be issued for donations.

Permanent hours are not set, Truslow said, but the store will be open from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during August.

In 2010, the organization moved the teen center from Harrington Street -- where it had been for five years -- to the main club building at 1100 Boundary St. to save money. The 8,000 square-foot-building was put up for sale.

It costs about $25,000 a year to maintain basic utilities and insurance on the Harrington Street building, and executive director Chris Protz has said the organization hoped to sell it for $350,000.

The organization announced it was in financial straits this summer and launched an aggressive fundraising campaign to stave off program cuts or a temporary closure.

Protz said the building will remain for sale, and the thrift store should help offset costs until then -- and possibly generate additional money for the club.

The Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort was founded in the mid 1980s and has 475 registered members. It provides arts, sports, education and leadership programs year-round for children ages 6 to 18.

For information, to donate or to volunteer, call 843-379-6350.

In other changes about town:

  • Mikki's All American Cuisine has opened at 1638 Paris Ave. in Port Royal, in a building known as the Old School House. Owner Mikki Rolain, a former contractor who renovated houses, said she moved to Port Royal from Cleveland, Ohio, after falling in love with the town while helping her mother move here. She is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and says the burgers, Eggs Benedict and Monte Cristos are a hit.
  • "I believe in feeding people," Rolain said as she piled plate-size pancakes on top of each other Friday. "I don't have small portions. And if they're small, they're very filling."

    Information: 843-379-4322

  • Suwan Thai Cuisine, the previous inhabitant of the Old School House, is moving across the street to the purple and green building at 1635 Paris Ave. The building is undergoing renovations.
  • Beaufort may be getting a frozen yogurt shop after all, as YoYo's Frozen Yogurt Shop is planned to open at 722 Bay St. A different owner's plan to open a frozen-yougurt shop in the same place last spring was unsuccessful.
  • The Port Royal Veterinary Hospital today will unveil a piece of artwork it commissioned from local artist Randall Hammonds. The piece is based upon the hospital's logo, which features intertwined cartoon pets made of copper, aluminum and steel. The sculpture will be displayed outside of the building at 1502 Paris Ave., Port Royal.
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