Jewel David Ministries has announced that it will be relocating its retail business, Shoppes on Market, to Trellis Place at 153 E. High St., Elizabethtown, in September 2017. The Lights of Hope Thrift Store will be closed permanently by the end of July. Despite being retail successes, both stores had difficulty operating in their present location. Jewel David Ministries will continue to focus on its core mission of providing affordable Christian counseling services and education to combat situational homelessness at it 222 S. Market St location.
“Shoppes on Market was borne out of the idea to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for local residents and have the proceeds help fund the mission of Jewel David Ministries,” said Dolores Reidenbach, who founded JDM in 2010. “Since we opened the doors of Shoppes on Market we have seen several new businesses opened in the business incubator of Shoppes and grow to the point where they left Shoppes to open their own location. Under this reorganization, the Shoppes will relocate to Trellis Place, but ownership of the Shoppes will transfer from JDM to a few of the business owners who have been active with Shoppes on Market.”
Shoppes on Market will remain open until Friday, July 28. A community Celebration Party is being planned to celebrate the success of Shoppes on Market as part of Elizabethtown’s Second Friday at 6 p.m. on July 14. Light refreshments are to be served and the community at large is invited to enjoy an opportunity to celebrate with Jewel David Ministries as they relocate one business and close another.
Originally opened in 2012 as a “Mall Without Walls,” Shoppes on Market allowed local entrepreneurs to rent space to launch and operate their own business within Shoppes’ space. Located in the former Roth Furniture building on Market Street, Shoppes regularly featured approximately 30 different businesses under one roof. Challenges with the building had become an issue and for over a year, the leadership of JDM discussed multiple options to relocate and to move both the Shoppes and Lights of Hope Thrift Store.
“We have been looking for a space that would be suitable to the needs of both businesses in an effort to keep one or both of them open,” said Lethea Myers, a JDM board member. “But since we could only find an alternative for SOM that fit, we had to make the difficult decision to not renew our lease at the current location and close the Lights of Hope Thrift Shop.”
According to JDM board member Adam Swarr, “focusing on the core of the Counseling Ministry was one reason for the change in the business strategy. As a board, we’ve spent the better part of a year trying to find a solution to allow the Shoppes to effectively operate. The Shoppes is a business success, but the limitations of the building became too big of a hurdle to overcome. By releasing the shops concepts to current Shoppes businesses to recreate it and relocate to Trellis Place, it will provide new opportunities to grow and incubate new retail businesses in the downtown.”
“Shoppes on Market has been a business success from the beginning,” Reidenbach said. “It is a joy to see current Shoppes business owners take wing and create a new offering to the community at Trellis Place. The mission of Jewel David Ministries to serve the community will continue as we add new counseling services to our practice. We are deeply grateful for the community support and encouragement these past seven years. Special thanks to the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce for supporting our business efforts in our beautiful community.”
Shoppes on Market store manager Tammy Stout will stay with JDM but transition to a new role with the organization. “Keeping Tammy within the organization was a big concern for all involved,” said JDM board member Sue Kauffman. “She has been invaluable to the Ministry for all the work she does with the Shoppes, Trellis Place, and the bookkeeping for the entire organization. We look forward to her continued involvement.”
After the Lights of Hope Thrift Store is closed, any remaining inventory to be sold to Community Aid, which operates four thrift stores throughout Pennsylvania. In addition, Community Aid will be adding a donation box to the parking lot of Trellis Place. The community will be invited to continue to donate to Jewel David Ministries by placing clothing and other items in the donation bin. Community Aid will then buy the items from Jewel David allowing the proceeds to stay in Elizabethtown. An auction is being planned for July 15 at 9 a.m. inside Lights of Hope to sell remaining furniture and fixtures from the thrift store.
The Elizabethtown Food Cupboard, which has subleased space within Shoppes on Market, is planning to remain at its current location.
Jewel David Ministries will continue to operate the nonprofit Christian Counseling Center, the House of David as well as Trellis Place. The Counseling Center focuses on serving women and their families especially those with a history of childhood sexual victimization. Through the years, the Counseling Center has grown and serves individuals, couples, families, and children with a variety of issues and concerns. The House of David provides education and training in basic money management, goal setting and support counseling for individuals and families struggling with homelessness. Trellis Place is boutique style building and has served as a small event venue over the last two years. Trellis Place is also the local home of Thrivent Financial and the E-Town Sewing Studio on the lower level.