May 21, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stacey Doss | SDDPR
## Goodwill of Orange County ##
Goodwill of Orange County Opens "OC Goodwill Boutique"
--Community Concept Store in Tustin Overflows with Re-Purposed Designer Goods, Including Brands like Gucci and Christian Dior--
SANTA ANA, Calif. – May 21, 2013 – Goodwill of Orange County has announced the opening of its new community concept store, called "OC Goodwill Boutique," in Tustin, CA. The store features clothing, housewares and furniture from designer brands. Unlike any other retail store though, revenue from the OC Goodwill Boutique supports Goodwill job training and placement services for people facing barriers to employment in Orange County.
“This is a whole new shopping experience created for the fashion-conscious shopper looking for great deals on designer brands,” said Corrine Allen, Vice President, Retail Operations, Goodwill of Orange County. "We have a very creative merchandising team who used donated goods to build store displays and merchandising areas that resemble the likes of Urban Outfitter or American Rag. We also received lots of inspiration from our partnership with the Art Center College of Design. Shoppers are in for quite a surprise."
Over 500 shoppers were waiting in line for the May 17 grand opening, the first 50 of whom received a $10 gift card toward purchases at the Boutique or any of the 21 Goodwill stores in Orange County. On both Saturday and Sunday, one lucky shopper won a drawing for an iPad® tablet. And as with all Goodwill retail store purchases, shoppers enjoy no sales tax every day.
"The Boutique is designed to maximize the dollar value of the donations we take in, " said Goodwill of Orange County's President and CEO Frank Talarico, Jr. “The better the store does, the more job training and placement services we can provide. It's a true community enterprise, with a socially conscious mission. No other retail store can say that."
The OC Goodwill Boutique is located at 502 E. First Street, at the corner of First and Newport Ave. in the Larwin Square Shopping Center in Tustin. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. For more information, please visit ocgoodwill.org.
About Goodwill of Orange County Now in its 89th year, Goodwill of Orange County is in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to get and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride and dignity. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve independence through the power of work, Goodwill is most famous for its donated goods thrift store model where much of the revenue is generated to fund mission services. Goodwill maintains leadership in creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower individuals to be productive and independent. These programs and services offer added appeal since providing these tools to reach economic independence places fewer demands on public resources. As an integral part of the community safety net Goodwill has committed to doubling the number of people it serves to close the gap on unemployment among the region’s most underserved individuals. Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands.
For more information on Goodwill of Orange County, please contact Joe Burke at 714.547.6308 ext. 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.