Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Recycling is Good Works in Action

Discovery Shop tops $1.15 million mark
By REBECCA JACKSON, Smith Mountain Eagle

For seven years, the Smith Mountain Lake Discovery Shop in The Plaza shopping center has turned the donations of individuals, businesses and the High Point Market into $1.15 million in gross proceeds for the American Cancer Society.
"We're very excited," said volunteer and shop manager Margot Realmuto. "2011 has been a banner year for us. We've earned more than ever, and exceeded our business plan. Financially, this has been a very good year. I'm thrilled.
The shop and its 180-plus volunteers and customers celebrated Sunday with a birthday observation.

Visitors were treated to free cupcakes and punch.

There also was a drawing for an American Girl doll outfit and wardrobe cabinet.

In conjunction with the shop's birthday and October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Salon One next door is offering discounts on hair services for Discovery Shop customers. Also, salon owner Eddie Blankenship will hold drawings at the end of October, selecting customers for hair coloring, shampoo and set, manicures and pedicures, as well as other services offered at the salon.

The shop boasts a great inventory of upscale used and new furniture, unique home accessories, glassware, paintings and framed prints, books, children's toys, kitchenware, sporting goods, including golf accessories, and small appliances. The Lake store, the only American Cancer Society store in the country that operates with all volunteers and no paid staff, does not stock clothing. For those in search of a deal on fine apparel can go to the Roanoke Discovery Shop in Townside Plaza.

The Lake store is managed by a committee of three volunteers, with one manager rolling off he committee every year.

It's ideally situated in the Plaza shopping center, which does a brisk business. The shop is located between Salon One and Curves for Women and near a couple of restaurants. Many shoppers who patronize the Discovery Shop do business with the entrepreneurs close by.

The business mix here helps everyone.

To read more of this and other stories, pick up a copy of this week's Smith Mountain Eagle on newsstands or subscribe online or by calling 719-5100. A year's subscription, which is just $26 in Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania County, also gives you free access to the Smith Mountain Eagle's e-edition, an online version of the entire newspaper.

BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists say "Congratulation to the Smith Mountain Lake Discovery Shop for putting the pedal to the metal, for recycling and repurposing some great stuff and it going for a good cause!"

Learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist program here!  BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist wants you to get outside, explore and learn something new today. Get involved in something cool, our next basic training will be held at The Franklin Center in Downtown Rocky Mount beginning March 2012, feel free to email us for more details:

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