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It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Revive Thrift Shop will be closing. While we are grateful for your continued support over the years, our product sources have decreased over the past 18 months. Store revenue has also steadily decreased, and at the same time, Mission: St. Louis, our parent nonprofit, has developed partnerships with local businesses that can provide job training more cost-effectively.
We are extremely grateful for every donation and purchase that each of you have made to Revive during the last four years. We hope that you will continue to support us by shopping and donating until our closure. Help us go out with a bang!
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Below is the media advisory released Friday, April 27 2018:
Revive Thrift + Boutique Closing; Parent Nonprofit Mission: St. Louis Will Focus on New Workforce Development Initiatives
Over the last four years, Revive Thrift Shop has served as a training ground, employment site and revenue generator in support of the Mission: St. Louis Beyond Jobs initiative. During that time, staff of Beyond Jobs and the larger Mission: St. Louis team have built partnerships with more than 40 businesses across the region that also serve as on-the-job training sites, reducing the need for training at Revive. It is with mixed emotions that we announce that we are closing Revive to focus on new Workforce Development initiatives.
Revive will remain open through August 30, as long as donations remain sufficient for product to be available for sale. The boutique thrift shop is located on S. Vandeventer, between Kingshighway and local staples like World’s Fair Donuts and Gringo Jones. Revive will continue accepting donations through July 31.
Revive opened in 2014 under the umbrella of Mission: St. Louis, a local nonprofit that is addressing deep-rooted issues of poverty. As the Revive website states,
“It starts with employment. Work stabilizes a family and provides opportunity. The Beyond Jobs initiative of Mission: St. Louis consists of programs that equip people with whatever they need to access employment. From Job & Leadership Training, to an employment agency called Hire St. Louis, to our very own Revive Thrift Shop, Beyond Jobs programs empower people to become leaders in their workplaces, families and communities.”
Just over a year ago, Mission: St. Louis moved their offices from a site near Revive to the former YMCA building on N. Grand in order to be in closer proximity to people they serve. The building is 87,000 sq ft and offers new opportunities to strategically advance their mission. As Mission: St. Louis Executive Director Josh Wilson says,
“Being successful in the workforce and maintaining good health are inextricably linked. However, the web of services available is complex and difficult to navigate. Bringing employment services and behavioral health services into the same building, and streamlining how to access care, will be game-changing for people who already face barriers to care such as transportation and affordability.”
Revive is grateful to the faithful shoppers who have visited the store over the last four years, making it possible to provide training opportunities for people wanting to enter the workforce, as well as the associates and volunteers who worked very hard at the store. We are proud to have earned the award "Best Thrift Store" in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times in 2015.
While this has been a difficult decision, Mission: St. Louis is looking forward to investing more resources into other workforce development activities. Wilson says, “There is a large pool of talent that is untapped in the St. Louis region. We have an immense opportunity and responsibility to invest in this talent into the betterment of our region.”
Revive is the latest in a string of upscale boutiques that have closed over the last 2 years. ScholarShop, Rung, and Women’s Closet Exchange have all also closed their doors, with most stating that they plan to advance their mission in other ways.
Mission: St. Louis is asking St. Louisans to invest in people newly entering the workforce in 4 main ways, this summer and beyond:
1. Donate directly to Mission: St. Louis on Give STL Day, May 2: missionstl.org/donate
2. Volunteer your talents in a variety of ways: missionstl.org/volunteer
3. Continue to donate clothing, home goods and accessories to Revive on S. Vandeventer
4. Shop at Revive through August 30