Pottsville non­profit set to close

New Life Bou­tique sells clothes, shoes

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - by amy marchi­ano STAFF WRITER

POTTSVILLE — Af­ter a decade of sell­ing clothes and ac­ces­sories, New Life Bou­tique will close April 30.

“It’s very sad. I think the com­mu­nity needs this,” Robyn Nes­feder, Schuylkill Haven, said as she shopped in the store at 110 S. Cen­tre St. on Wed­nes­day.

Sue Weaver, pres­i­dent of the board of Care Net Preg­nancy Cen­ter of Schuylkill County/Real Op­tions, which owns the bou­tique for fundrais­ing pur­poses, said the board wanted to fo­cus more time, tal­ents and re­sources on its mis­sion.

“Coun­sel­ing women who are con­sid­er­ing an abortion re­mains our pri­mary fo­cus and our main rea­son for ex­ist­ing as a min­istry,” Weaver said in a state­ment.

Weaver said the lease is up May 31 on the prop­erty, some­thing that also fac­tored into the de­ci­sion.

“It was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion,” that was made by the board ear­lier in Fe­bru­ary, she said.

There are no signs declar­ing the clo­sure on the win­dows at 110 S. Cen­tre St., but man­ager Kim­berly Pace com­mented on the store’s Face­book page March 25 an­nounc­ing the news.

Weaver said “a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties were dis­cussed,” but the de­ci­sion was made to close the store.

DAVID MCK­E­OWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

The racks at New Life Bou­tique are filled with clothes on Wed­nes­day in Pottsville.

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