The volunteer-run thrift store was located in the historic Buton Hall building at Church and Mill Street for over 50 years. But a fire broke out in the basement of the building earlier this year.
Unable to continue at that location because of structural damage to the building, Pennywise opened its doors at a new location this morning with a Grand Opening party for its friends, and loyal patrons.
Attendees gathered early at 214 Dominion Street, and were treated to a dazzling array of baked treats and excellent coffee.
Co-chairs Mary Coulombe and Helen Mertz greeted the crowd and provided fond memories and an overview of the organization’s history.
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church has operated the thrift store since 1962, selling clothing and household items donated and consigned from the Vienna community. Proceeds benefit a variety of ministries and activities within the parish as well as numerous community charitable programs.
This was a warm crowd, clearly folks that have been friends for a long time, and bound by a common mission.
Then, Mayor Laurie DiRocco and Council Member Linda Colbert joined the staff for a ribbon cutting.
Afterwards, all headed back inside for more coffee, a hearty brunch, and champagne. There was even a special cake made for the day.