Johnson City’s Rise Up! youth mentoring and after-school program has a creative new resource.
Redeemables, an upscale resale shop featuring refurbished furniture, home decor and more, has opened in the Park Place shopping center at 600 N. State of Franklin Road.
Established by Sherry Marion, who helped found Rise Up! with her husband, Michael Marion, and Debbie DuPre with the Rise Up! staff, the shop has a four-fold purpose: to provide ongoing financial support for Rise Up!, to provide job training for students served by the program, to provide home-decorating inspiration to its customers and to provide a fun and creative outlet for the community at Pinterest parties to be conducted regularly.
“A unique place to shop and serve the community at the same time,” Marion said. She said the shop was inspired by her and DuPre’s shared belief that both people and things are redeemable. Its wares include one-of-a-kind, re-purposed furniture and whimsical home and garden decor fashioned with the help from older students from the Rise Up! program, as well as a line of new and gently used clothing.
“We believe almost everything is redeemable,” DuPre said. “And no matter what your past, every person is redeemable and needs encouragement and hope. We want everyone who walks out of Redeemables to feel as if their soul has been touched.”
Fans of Pinterest do-it-yourself projects, DuPre and Marion will host their first Pinterest party at the shop Tuesday night beginning at 6. The party is open to up to 10 people. The cost is $25 per person and includes refreshments, instruction, materials and a self-styled embellished lamp shade and decorative pennant to take home.
The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting at the store Friday morning at 10. On Saturday from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Marion and Dupre are inviting everyone to join them for Redeemables’ grand opening celebration. It will include music, refreshments, door prizes, displays to give visitors ideas for at-home projects and a first look at the shop’s merchandise — old chairs and dressers given new life with brightly colored paint and whimsical designs, cast-off frames transformed into stylish message boards and more.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the shop visit Redeemables.org. To register for Tuesday’s party, call Marion at 676-6344 or visit the Redeemables Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Redeeming.
The YWCA of Bristol’s sixth annual $25 Prom Dress Sale is under way and will run through Saturday at the Y at 106 State St.
With help from area Belk stores, hundreds of gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories have been donated for the sale to help area teens with the cost of one of high school’s most memorable nights. Sale vouchers for low-income students may be obtained from local high school guidance counselors.
Sale hours will be 2-6 p.m. today and Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. All dress styles, lengths and sizes are available and volunteers will be hand to assist with selections. For more information about the sale call 968- 9444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third annual Joggin’ for the Noggin’ 5K road race and fun walk to benefit the Crumley House Brain Injury and Rehabilitation Center in Limestone is set to run on Saturday.
The day will begin at 8 a.m. with race day registration at The Crumley House at 300 Urbana Road. Professionally managed and electronically timed by We Run Events, the 5K will begin promptly at 10. The scenic road course with views of the nearby mountains will begin and end on the Crumley House campus. Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in eight age categories starting at 11:30 a.m. The event will wrap up with a complimentary post-race breakfast.
The entry fee is $25 and includes a long sleeve Wicking Performance T-shirt while supplies last. All proceeds will help support The Crumley House rehabilitative residential and day programs for adults and children recovering from traumatic brain injuries.
Registration can also be completed Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Foot Rx shop at 3135 Peoples St. For more information about the event, visit www.crumleyhouse.com,
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at email@example.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.