LACASA Collection celebrates first birthday

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LACASA Center’s upscale charity resale boutique, the LACASA Collection in Howell, is celebrating its first birthday with special in-store events and customer discounts throughout the month of September.

The store’s official “Turning One is Sweet” celebration is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Special discounts, drawings, prizes and sweet treats will be offered. During September, customers can shop sales and spin the celebration wheel for discounts, perks and prizes.

Located in the Kroger/Crossroads Town Center on Highland Road in Howell, the LACASA Collection officially opened its doors on Sept. 8, 2017. The store quickly outgrew its space and in March, 2018, it completed a build-out to accommodate a new men’s department and furniture section. The expansion project increased the store’s total footprint to 6,400 square feet.

“We have been touched by the support from members of the community over this past year,” said Danial Jones, the store’s retail director. “Whether they shop, donate special items or volunteer, our supporters appreciate that we are an independent nonprofit and that all our proceeds stay local and help abuse victims right here in our community.”

In 2016, a vision was born at LACASA Center to create an upscale resale boutique that would help provide sustainable funding for the agency, as well as offer an environment where LACASA clients could shop with dignity.

Donated items are carefully selected by staff, allowing customers to shop for unique finds at great prices. All store proceeds directly return to LACASA Center to fund critical programs for local victims of child abuse and interpersonal violence.

The boutique also empowers LACASA’s clients with a dignified shopping experience where they can select items in the size, style and colors they prefer. Clients receive confidential gift cards from their counselors, enabling them to make purchases of clothing and household goods for themselves and their children at no charge.

The LACASA Collection features one-of-a-kind items including furniture, home décor, china and kitchenware; jewelry and accessories; kids’ gear; and clothing for the entire family.

Jones said the store team is reflecting back on its first year and early looking ahead to the next.

“Our first year has been such a positive experience,” Jones said. “We are excited about the holidays and the launch of our Starry Night Toy Drive in November. Last year, customers and businesses donated wonderful, unwrapped toys to put under our giving tree. LACASA parents served as Santa’s Helpers and picked out toys from under the tree at no charge. They made sure Santa left with a full sleigh on Christmas Eve.”

The store received recognition in August, when voters named it “Best New Retail Store” in Livingston County.

“Earning the 2018 People’s Choice Award was an honor” said LACASA President & CEO Bobette Schrandt. “It was rewarding for the store team and our volunteers to know that their hard work is valued and appreciated. We are blessed in Livingston County to have such a caring and generous community.”

Schrandt said that she hopes people will attend this week’s birthday party on Saturday and store festivities throughout September. “We have lots of fun things planned all month as a way to say ‘thank you’ to everyone. Turning one is definitely sweet,” said Schrandt, “and even sweeter when we can celebrate with special people.”

The LACASA Collection is open seven days a week and is located at 120 W. Highland Rd., Suite 100, Kroger/Crossroads Town Center, Howell. To learn more, visit lacasacollection.org.

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