Shop pro­vides op­por­tu­nity for arts

Alpine Observer - - News -

A NEW op shop in Myrtle­ford will do­nate prof­its to the Per­form­ing Arts Com­mu­nity Sup­port.

PACS is a not- for- profit bro­ker­age fund that as­sists re­gional kids in­ter­ested in the per­form­ing arts.

The new Clyde Street store, Myrt Op Shop opened on Sun­day.

Owner Dee VanRo­e­van has been a long- time sup­porter of the PACS pro­gram and said watch­ing her own daugh­ter’s in­volve­ment in the per­form­ing arts in­spired her to give other kids the op­por­tu­nity.

She said open­ing her own shop was also some­thing she al­ways wanted to do, and with a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing back, now was the time to do it.

“I love op shops and I love giv­ing to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“I could never af­ford to shop in ex­pen­sive shops but I like be­ing able to buy fash­ion­able clothes at af­ford­able prices.”

Ms VanRo­e­van said the store’s motto is ‘ Good, Good, Good’ which means good qual­ity, good ser­vice and good prices.

The new store will be open five days a week with Tues­day and an al­ter­nat­ing Satur­day or Sun­day the days off.

Ms VanRo­e­van also thanked Round­about Op Shop owner Jen Martin who pro­vided coat hang­ers and racks to the new PACS- ded­i­cated store.

“She en­cour­aged me to open the store and she has been mar­vel­lous, abso- lutely mar­vel­lous,” she said.

“I used to work for Jen 1 day a month for the past 12 months and the money’s gone to PACS so this was the next step up.

“My daugh­ter trav­elled over­seas to per­form on three oc­ca­sions with trips to Dis­ney Land, Dis­ney World and Euro Dis­ney.

“Get­ting kids to do ac­tiv­i­ties that nor­mally they couldn’t af­ford is the sort of thing I’m in­ter­ested in.”

PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

BY TATE SPI­TERI

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