Ninety-four-year old Ruth Cramblit has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop since it opened its doors on Park Marina Drive 26 years ago. So, it’s only right that Ruth wielded the scissors that cut the ribbon to the thrift shop’s new 6,000-square-foot digs on Churn Creek Road. This new space, the only suitable alternate location for the shop in the last 15 years, is a long-awaited solution to a community retail fixture that was literally bursting at the seams.
“We were so cramped at Park Marina,” says Discovery’s manager Kenna Edwards with audible relief. “Most of our merchandise had to be carried upstairs and stored for upcoming events. Sometimes we have two events a month.” Edwards also praises her new landlord, who paid for most of the remodel work and installed a new kitchen for the volunteers.
The Discovery Shop, an upscale retail space for up-cycled clothing, furniture, accessories and home décor, quadrupled its capacity when it relocated to the eastside four-corners area of Redding in January. The staff and 140+ volunteers who invest their sweat equity to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, are no longer forced to be cozy in a 10-by-24-foot sorting room and delivery bay. They can happily spread out in 1,200 square feet, allowing everyone to work comfortably in one room.
More space means more treasures for bargain hunters on the showroom floor, but also more room for services, including a new office for the American Cancer Society’s North State unit office, which provides support for six counties. The Discovery Shop also supplies shelter for the North State Cancer League, a cadre of volunteers who provide rides to doctors, and patient services, like the “Look Good, Feel Better Program.” The program provides wigs, a stylist who helps patients with makeup, and counseling for patients who need support as their bodies change during cancer treatment.
“We made it through the hard times and now we can soar,” says Edwards, who is quick to celebrate. She emphasizes that the shop still needs the community’s help with donations of furniture and home décor, merchandise they can now accept and display well in the store’s new-found spaciousness. Look for more antiques, electronics, tools and a fair share of the new shop devoted to menswear.
Despite the shop’s success and a boast-worthy new location, Edwards, proud of 18 years of service to the American Cancer Society, humbly recognizes the shop’s achievements. “It’s such a great thing that we can make a difference in our community, be there when our neighbors need us and raise funds to find a cure for cancer.”
Visit the bigger and better American Cancer Society Discovery Shop at 2961 Churn Creek Rd., Redding. The Discovery Shop is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 530-221-3790 or visit them on Facebook and Twitter.
Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop.
This portrait of Adam Mankoski was created by Shasta High School students Chance Norman and Kenzi Bell.
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