Heirlooms for Hospice to remodel, expand

Kathy Martin, Heirlooms for Hospice regional manager, works in the store at 635 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction. The store is expanding into the old Tally’s Restaurant location. Hospice will be closed for three weeks during the remodel.

After 12 years of selling high-quality, gently used wares to the Grand Valley, Heirlooms for Hospice will get an updated look starting this weekend as it closes its doors for three weeks of remodeling and reorganizing.

Heirlooms, located at 635 Main St., will expand next door into the space formerly occupied by Talley’s restaurant and receive new carpeting, new lighting fixtures, new paint and an overhauled layout of the store. Kathy Martin, Heirlooms regional manager, said she hopes customers will share in the excitement the store’s volunteers are already feeling.

“We hear every day how fun it is to come into the store because we change it so often,” Martin said. “We are looking forward to the excitement the remodel will give our customers.”

Heirlooms sells items donated by people around the Grand Valley, including clothes, furniture, jewelry and antiques. All proceeds from both the Grand Junction and Montrose stores benefit Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

“Our two Heirlooms stores generate a quarter of a million (dollars) every year, and are a very big part of making our mission possible,” said Christy Whitney, Hospice president and chief executive officer.

Even with the excitement of an updated store, Martin said the real joy is in the purpose of Hospice, which is helping people dealing with serious illness, providing end-of-life care and offering counseling and grief support to families.

“We have a passion knowing that we’re helping people have the best quality of life they can have,” Martin said.

This passion is shared by Heirlooms’ 140 volunteers, who range in age from 13 to 90, who keep the store running by helping with anything from sales to cleaning and repairing donations, and who will continue to work during the remodel.

The success of Heirloom’s remodel, which has been in the planning stages for six months, is owed largely to the generosity of local construction and contracting companies that have donated time or offered reduced prices.

Martin said prominent additions to the Heirlooms store include new sections like “Granny’s Attic,” specializing in antiques, a “Red Dot Room” with all items $3 or less, and a corner dedicated solely to Christmas.

“We think it’s going to be a great evolution of the store. It’s a crown jewel of the downtown area, but it will be even more of one as we complete necessary updates,” Whitney said.

Today is the last day patrons can purchase items at 50 percent off before the store closes Saturday. Though the doors will be closed, donations will still be accepted Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the back entrance or via a free pickup service for heavier items.

The store will hold a grand reopening from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 21 to showcase the new layout and merchandise.

“It’s our dream to have a line of people waiting to come through the door,” Martin said.


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