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  • New thrift store adds to LAI family

  • A new thrift store is scheduled to open in the Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach in October, but this is not a typical thrift store. Gifted Goods and Garments is a joint operation between Lake Area Industries, LAI, and Arc of the Lake.
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  • A new thrift store is scheduled to open in the Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach in October, but this is not a typical thrift store. Gifted Goods and Garments is a joint operation between Lake Area Industries, LAI, and Arc of the Lake.
    Currently, Arc of the Lake operates Thrifty Threads and Things on Highway 42. The store will remain open in October while it transitions into the new store. Thrifty Threads is set to close by Nov. 1.
    Gifted Goods and Garments will provide jobs for at least ten individuals with developmental disabilities. The store will also serve as a training facility for those individuals. They will learn the ins and outs of the retail business so that they can be ready for competitive employment.
    LAI currently employs 65 individuals and keeps expanding their services. Gifted Gardens, a plant greenhouse and nursery, has been up and running for four years and just a year ago, they added secure document shredding. Now, opening this store will give their employees even more choices. According to Director Tiffany Riemann, 40 individuals are on a waiting list to work at LAI. This new opportunity will be able to provide jobs to some of those people.
    "Our employees are really excited about it," Riemann said.
    The name, Gifted Goods and Garments, was chosen by the LAI board of directors. Riemann said that the board wanted to tell a story with the name and make it clear that this was a special thrift store. Keeping the name close to the name of their other businesses like Gifted Gardens will help people know that they are supporting LAI's mission when shopping at and donating to the store.
    Property recently purchased by Camden County Developmental Disability Resources in Keystone Business Park in Camdenton will be used as a donation and sorting center. CCDDR has acquired five acres with a commercial building located at 253 Keystone Industrial Park Drive in Camdenton in an effort to expand employment opportunities for the County’s resident consumers. CCDDR and Lake Area Industries (LAI) are collaborating to use the commercial building to create an additional ten new jobs for consumers. Anything that cannot be sold will be placed in a "free store" to be given to those in need.
    Within a year or so, Riemann hopes the thrift store can become a community job training center.
    "We want this to be a part of the community," she said.
    Transportation for any LAI employees is provided. Adding another location means adding another bus and bus driver to the LAI family. Now, LAI buses will be seen all around the lake during the day.
    Work still needs to be done to get the store opened, but Riemann is positive about this new opportunity for the workshop.
    Page 2 of 2 - "This whole picture is coming together," she said.
    When the store is up and running, Riemann hopes the workshop will be able to employ at least 75 individuals at it's different locations if not more.
    The store is located next to Domino's Pizza in the Stone Crest Mall and is expected to open Oct. 1.

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