Grosse Pointe CityAugust 29, 2013
Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop to open at new location
By K. Michelle Moran
C & G Staff Writer
GROSSE POINTE CITY — The Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop is getting a new sign to go with its new home.
After moving to 17888 Mack in the City in late 2011, the store is now heading just down the street — to 17670 Mack, at University, which formerly housed Crowther Carpet and Rugs.
“It’s retail replacing a rug store that was there before, so there’s no real change in parking,” said City Planner John Jackson, of McKenna Associates.
Jackson said the Neighborhood Club planned to replace an existing green awning with a new covering of the same color, featuring the name of the shop and the Neighborhood Club logo in white lettering. The 8-square-foot sign is within the City’s allowable awning sign coverage, he said. A side façade sign was also under consideration, but Jackson said that while Neighborhood Club officials were seeking approval for the side sign, it might not be installed because of cost.
The City Council unanimously voted in favor of the proposal for the signs Aug. 19.
“We appreciate your support and your approval on this as we move forward with the thrift shop,” Neighborhood Club Executive Director Stuart Alderman told the council.
Reached by email, Alderman said the lease at the current shop location was expiring, and although they had option years to remain there, the new location had become available and would provide them with roughly 50 percent more space. The 17888 Mack site had about 2,300 square feet of retail floor space, which was comparable with the Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop that occupied the old Neighborhood Club building on Waterloo, which had an estimated 2,400 square feet for retail.
Alderman said the current shop was slated to close late in the week of Aug. 26. At press time, he said the opening of the new shop had yet to be scheduled, but it would likely take place in mid- to late-September.
Neighborhood Club officials are excited about the new site.
“There are many positives to the new location, including open floor space, parking, window views (and) better visibility for (the) public,” Alderman said by email.
The shop was started in the late 1920s by Marion Jarves Alger and some of her friends to raise money for those in need. It continues as a community nonprofit to this day, providing financial support for the nonprofit Neighborhood Club, which is located adjacent to the Village on Waterloo.
The upscale store offers gently used clothing and accessories, books, small home appliances, furniture, cookware and other items, and also accepts donations of similar items. Although holiday hours vary, the store is generally open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the Thrift Shop link on www.neighborhoodclub.org or call (313) 757-2234.