There are only a handful of places where you can both shop for cheap clothes and pet dogs at the same time, but the Greater Huntsville Humane Society Thrift Store has cornered the market on retail and pet therapy. For the past several years, that store has been tucked behind the animal shelter.
“We found that fairly quickly the store outgrew that space,” said Anne Caldwell, CEO of the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. “Thanks to a very generous donor, we were able to actually acquire a new location. … It’s going to be right downtown on Pratt Avenue.”
The new business is more than double the space of the original space.
“The cool part about that is it’s not only going to hopefully help us expand and make the thrift store receive more traffic resulting in more funds to help us save animals, but it’s also opened up that 4,000 square feet that we were using on site to be able to take in more animals … and create an isolation unit so we can take in animals that have contagious illnesses,” Anne said.
The Greater Huntsville Humane Society has focused on high-end designers in the past, occasionally hosting a Lilly Pulitzer day to attract buyers, and the new storefront will take on the same gift-shop type feel.
“We’re also looking into expanding and growing into having branded merchandise, selling leashes and collars and mugs, and maybe even getting some local vendors in there,” Anne said.
The new thrift store will be located at 650 Pratt Avenue in Five Points. Stay tuned for details on the grand opening.