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Tuesday June 2, 2015

The Re-Sale Shoppe of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care (MVHPC) celebrated its grand opening today.

Customers began to arrive around 11:30 a.m., joining an already-large crowd of MVHPC staff and volunteers.

Among the special guests were Mount Airy commissioners Shirley Brinkley and Steve Yokeley, the latter of whom is also serving as interim mayor; the Yadkin Valley Red Hatters, from the international Red Hat Society; MVHPC’s Elkin Craft Group; and the Re-Sale Shoppe Volunteers, who contributed much time and effort in recent weeks preparing the store.

At noon, Fonda Younger, MVHPC bereavement and spiritual assistant, provided the event’s invocation. Younger then introduced the Mountain Valley Voices choir, which she directs.

Mountain Valley Hospice CEO Denise Watson provided the main speech of the event, in which she reminded attendees of the Re-Sale Shoppe’s purpose. “Many of you might be wondering why we’re opening a Re-Sale store, and what, if anything, it has to do with hospice,” she said. “The fact is, we’re always looking for positive avenues to explore which can help us continue to provide quality end-of-life care for our patients, and compassionate support for their families, while building strong relationships with the communities we serve.”

CEO Denise Watson addresses the crowd, with Sheila Jones (left), MVHPC Director of Development & Marketing, and City Commissioner Shirley Brinkley. (Photo: Pam Cook/Pam Cook Communications)

When 12:30 hit, the Re-Sale Shoppe doors opened to a flood of customers. Manager Marisa Miller greeted the patrons at the door as they entered, while volunteers provided assistance as needed. Meanwhile, customers outside enjoyed the agreeable weather with hot dogs and other treats. The Mountain Valley Voices engaged the crowd with a mixture of hymns and more recent gospel hits.

Overall, the Re-Sale Shoppe had a hugely successful first day, both in attendance and sales. But to secure continued success, the store needs supportive word of mouth, helpful volunteers, faithful customers, and item donations. For more information, contact Sheila Jones at 336-789-2922 or visit the Re-Sale Shoppe at 542 North Renfro Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030.

City Commissioner/Interim Mayor Steve Yokeley cuts the ribbon, surrounded by MVHPC staff and volunteers. (Photo: Pam Cook/Pam Cook Communications)


 

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