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Gateway Domestic Violence Center opens retail shop in Oakwood
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Betty Hatcher organizes racks of clothing Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the new Gateway Resale Shop on its opening day off Mundy Mill Road in the College Square shopping center in Oakwood. This is the third store in Hall County for the non-profit.

With more donated clothing than it can handle at its other two stores, Gateway Domestic Violence Center in Gainesville has opened a third retail location in Oakwood.

“We have been really fortunate that the community has supported us much as they have,” executive director Jessica Butler said Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Gateway Resale Shop in the College Square Shopping Center at 3640 Mundy Mill Road.

The new store is much like a boutique, featuring higher-end clothing, shoes and accessories, but with thrift store prices.

“There’s stuff for the whole family,” Butler said, speaking before a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Proceeds go back to Gateway, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter for domestic violence victims and their children.

“Also, we give our clients vouchers to come and get what they need,” Butler said.

Sheila Stephens, the store’s manager, said she enjoys helping clients in the program.

“It brings joy to us we can offer them clothes and shoes or whatever they need,” she said.

Anyone considering donating items to Gateway are encouraged to take them to the thrift stores at 1080 Dawsonville Highway and 1642 Park Hill Drive, both in Gainesville.

“They’re bigger and have the capacity to handle the donations,” Butler said. “We don’t have a lot of storage space (at the Oakwood store).”

Before opening the Oakwood store in late June, Gateway had scouted out locations in South Hall. The organization was interested in the fast-growing part of Hall “not just for retail but for our services.”

Gateway also has opened an outreach office in Flowery Branch at a location not disclosed as a safety precaution for potential survivors of domestic abuse.

The office doesn’t serve as a shelter, just as a place where Gateway can meet with people privately about “safety planning and figuring out what resources are available to them in the community,” Butler said.

Gateway’s hotline staff, which can be reached at 770-536-5860, will schedule the appointments.

Gateway Resale Shop

What: Store featuring discounted clothing, shoes, accessories

Where: 3640 Mundy Mill Road, Suite 140, Oakwood

More info: www.gatewaydvcenter.org or 770-572-1614

Noteworthy: Donated clothes are accepted at thrift stores at 1080 Dawsonville Highway and 1642 Park Hill Drive, both in Gainesville.

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