Many of you are familiar with the three retail stores NCJW has operated for a number of years. We’re very proud of the ways in which these stores have supported our mission by promoting volunteerism, supporting community service projects, and providing employment opportunities for at-risk women moving towards self-sufficiency and adults with special needs. Retail operation has become an important part of NCJW that we hope to continue for many years to come.
To assure its sustainability and economic viability in the future, we recently appointed a Retail Assessment Committee to evaluate various aspects of our operations and make recommendations to our Board. While the Committee’s work is ongoing, there is one action that will need to be taken very soon-with economic considerations driving the decision, but the timing being driven purely by the term of our lease.
Regrettably, our high-end consignment store, DDB on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill, will be closing when our lease expires at the end of May this year. Even though we are a mission-driven nonprofit organization, we must sometimes make hard business decisions and the economics of a store of this model simply don’t work for us.
There are several employees who have worked hard to make this store a success and they have our gratitude. We hope to be able to assist them in obtaining positions either within NCJW or similar organizations.
Our two stores in Swissvale, Thriftique and Home Consignments, will remain open as usual. Our Retail Assessment Committee is continuing to review those locations and will be advising the Board on how best to move forward with our entire retail operation for the long-term. Our Spring and Fall Designer Days events will continue to be held in our Designer Annex at Home Consignments. We are committed to continuing with this model of social entrepreneurship, and to do so in a way that both advances our mission and is economically sound. We will have more information on that in the coming months.
Thank you for your years of patronage at DDB. With your generous support, Designer Days, Thriftique, and Home Consignments will thrive as important revenue sources for our many community-based programs. We hope that you will remember the good work of NCJW and consider donating your high-end designer merchandise to our organization in the future.
Andrea Kline Glickman