Christian Center boutique has a new home for now
October 14, 2016
A major remodel of the Christian Center of Park City's building on Deer Valley Drive is going to give the organization more space, something that's long been sorely needed.
"We've been bursting at the seams for years now," said Jessica Jarvis, guest services and volunteer coordinator for the Christian Center. "The project is going to give us a lot more room to have a bigger thrift store, a bigger boutique and a nicer food pantry that's going to be set up like a little grocery store and have a kitchen in it."
With the project underway, however, things have been more cramped. To alleviate the strain, the Christian Center has moved its boutique to a temporary new location, at 1205 Iron Horse Drive. The move allows the organization's pantry and thrift store to take the boutique's space on the second floor of the Christian Center building until the construction project is complete.
The boutique opened Oct. 5 at its new location and is set to host a grand opening party on Saturday, Oct. 15. It is expected to move back into the Christian Center building in about 18 months.
The new boutique is just a short walk from the Christian Center, but the organization is working hard to get word to the community about the move. It's vital that people are aware of the new location because all proceeds go toward helping the Christian Center fulfill its mission of helping underserved people in Park City.
"We want to let people know that we're here," said Marisol Sandoval, the boutique's manager. "We're not right at the Christian Center, but we still have the same purpose. We want people to come and visit us. And we're close to the Christian Center, so people don't have to make a long trip to go to the boutique."
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Jarvis added that the Christian Center looked at a few other properties that were farther away, then jumped at the chance to move to Iron Horse Drive.
"We knew that being far away would pull us apart too much," she said. "This keeps us close, where we still feel like we're part of the team. You can almost see the Christian Center from here."
While the Christian Center is eagerly looking forward to the remodel being completed, the move, which was not anticipated until late last month, allows the boutique to enjoy the benefits of additional space months ahead of schedule. Jarvis said the new location is about 600 square feet larger than the space the boutique was occupying at the Christian Center building.
"There's a lot to see here," she said. "Like, we're doing furniture now and we didn't used to. We have a lot more room to fill with clothes and stuff. It feels like a lot of space, and I think it makes the store look that much better because we get some really nice pieces. It's great.
"This space was built to be a retail operation, whereas the other place was kind of retrofitted for that," she added. "So that's kind of energizing, helping us with the look and the feel of the store."
The boutique, like many Christian Center services, has become an integral part of Park City. Many Parkites shop there because it offers quality goods for reduced prices, but seasonal workers who come from warm-weather countries also rely on it to stock up for the winter.
"When it got cold recently, tons of people were in here," she said. "I think it's important for a lot of people who wish they could afford to shop at other stores to be able to buy a lot of the same brands, but they can actually afford them."
For more information on the Christian Center, the boutique's grand opening or the construction project, visit ccofpc.org.
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