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Three business awards to Sooke thrift shop

Wednesday November 30, 2022 | SOOKE, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends


The Sooke Family Resource Society (SFRS) Thrift Shop has recently won three business excellence awards for 2022 from the Sooke Chamber of Commerce.

  • Best Retail Service
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Non-Profit and Volunteer Services

The awards were received by SFRS executive director Nicky Logins and SFRS Thrift Shop retail supervisor Bev Lewis at a business excellence event.

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SFRS Executive Director Nicky Logins (left) and SFRS Thrift Shop manager Bev Lewis, at the Sooke Chamber of Commerce Awards, Nov 2022. [supplied]

Relocation of the shop:

This past summer, the bustling SFRS Thrift Shop relocated to a new location at 2065 Anna Marie Road. That’s the location of the old Sooke Library, on a side street off Highway 14, across from Home Hardware.

The store was previously in a storefront location on the busy West Coast Road (Highway 14) just west of Otter Point Road which had extremely limited parking.

The August 20 celebration of the store’s relocation and expansion was celebrated by the community on the front lawn and inside the store.

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Grand opening of the SFRS Thrift Shop, August 20, 2022. [Island Social Trends]

Improvements:

The new shop location has regular hours for receiving donations and a drive-through laneway at the back to facilitate donations without having to come into the store.

The larger floorspace allows for easier customer flow around well-spaced merchandise displays.

sfrs, thrift shop

Volunteers help run the shop. Bev Lewis is the full-time retail supervisor.

There is a parking lot as well as street parking.

Revenue for social programs:

The SFRS Thrift Shop provides revenues for the social support programs at the Sooke Family Resource Centre. All inventory is donated.

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Mary Brooke, editor, West Shore Voice News
Mary P Brooke, Editor and Publisher, Island Social Trends.

Island Social Trends Editor Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Cert PR, has been reporting on the news of Sooke since 2008.

Ms Brooke’s series of publications started with the colour glossy quarterly MapleLine Magazine 2008-2010, which morphed into the weekly grayscale print newspaper Sooke Voice News 2011-2013. In 2014, the publication launched more broadly as a weekly colour print/PDF newspaper West Shore Voice News 2014-2020. That led in mid-2020 to the fully online daily news portal Island Social Trends at islandsocialtrends.ca which covers news of the Greater Victoria area and South Vancouver Island region.

See the Island Social Trends SD62 News Archive for articles going back several years including a Sooke archive.

The Island Social Trends office has been based in Langford since 2017, covering the full south Vancouver Island region from a more central location. 

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