HAZARD — Kentucky River Community Care’s (KRCC) Reclaimed store held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its grand opening. The store serves as a thrift store, high-end consignment shop, and showcases crafts and paintings from local artists.
KRCC CEO Mary Meade-McKenzie said when she was little, she would go to flea markets and thrift stores with her grandmother. She said those trips with her grandmother made her develop a love for thrift stores. Those fond memories helped create the idea of the store.
The name of the store came as a result of lunch with a coworker, McKenzie said. During the discussion, McKenzie said her coworker mentioned how KRCC helped people reclaim their lives. After that conversation, the name stuck.
She said there were countless people at KRCC who worked tirelessly to repair the old building and get it up to top shape before the grand opening.
“It is real easy to stand up here and talk about your idea, but that is just the very tip of the iceberg. It takes an army of people to make something like this happen,” said McKenzie.
McKenzie said the store was important for Perry County because it helps create jobs, allows customers to shop for name-brand clothing locally, offers used furniture at unbeatable prizes, and lets local artists showcase their work.
“During our depressed times, this gives an opportunity for a lot of people to purchase goods, such as clothing and furniture,” said Hazard Mayor Jimmy Lindon.
Lindon said he values KRCC’s involvement with the community and how they strive to make Perry County/Hazard a better place.
He mentioned how the store had a homey feel to it and that those running the store are also members of the community.
“This ought to be an easy stop for a lot of people to come in and shop. And to bring their goods,” said Lindon.
Store Manager Renieca Harris hopes the store will grow as large as similar stores in Lexington. She hopes the store will benefit the community by offering low prices, allowing residents to earn extra money through consignment, and giving local artists a chance to showcase their work.
“I want them to feel like this is their home. I want them to feel comfortable here,” said Harris.
Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander said stores such as this help bring life back to downtown Hazard.
“Anytime we have a new opening of a business, it is an exciting time,” said Alexander.
Alexander said The Fiscal Court encourages new businesses, new people, new times and exciting ideas. He said The Fiscal Court is proud to be a part of the initiative to help bring life back to Perry County.
“I encourage people to come by and check the store out,” said Alexander.
Betsy Clemons, with Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce, said this store will help revitalize downtown. She said this store was needed because of the current state of the economy in Perry County.
The store is affectionately dubbed “the shop for second chances.”
The store offers customers to consign with them. Consignors can bring in their items during normal operating hours. Staff will inspect the items and the store sets the price. The consignor will receive 60 percent of the selling price.
Some of the items Reclaimed is looking for include lightly-used clothing, accessories, furniture, and household items. Twenty-five items are the maximum a consignor can bring in.
Reclaimed also buys named brand clothing. The clothing has to be lightly-used, in good condition and clean. Staff will inspect the clothing before purchase.
Customers can donate items to the store, such as shirts, shoes, blankets, electronics, and toys. Staff asks that the items be in good condition. The donated items will then be sold at the store at low prices. All donations are tax-deductible.
The store will feature a rotating cast of artists to showcase their abilities and art. During designated times, local artists will be in-store to demonstrate their artistic abilities to customers. The art will then be available for purchase.
The store is located at 1133 North Main St in Hazard. The building used to be the Wiggles and Giggles Daycare.
Store hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For more information on Reclaimed, please call 606-435-8234.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.