Common Threadsí Grand Opening Set for June

Common Threads offers a unique resale experience.

Common Threads – a place for thrift, décor and more – is just a few weeks away from opening its doors at 22049 Lorain Road in Fairview Park. City leaders and community members are invited to gather at the store on June 24 at 10 a.m. to kick off the grand opening weekend with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Shoppers visiting the store during opening weekend are eligible for prizes and special deals on merchandise, which includes adult and children’s clothing, housewares, small furniture and more.

As the first social enterprise venture of Building Hope in the City (BHITC), a Cleveland faith-based nonprofit, Common Threads is not a typical resale store. Behind the store’s thrift offering is a charitable mission that aims to provide work experience to some of the people BHITC serves. They will learn new skills alongside of an experienced retail staff.

“Common Threads, at its heart, is a place that will help to strengthen our community by giving real-life work experience and better wages to people from all backgrounds,” said Jeff Stredney, Director of Social Enterprise.

Stredney and his team want to distinguish Common Threads from other resale stores by providing a superior shopping experience for customers, which includes an expertly designed store layout and quality items on the racks.

“Our emphasis is on selling quality goods at great prices with outstanding customer service – a retail experience with resale prices. This, paired with our charitable mission, will help to make Common Threads a unique resale destination in our area,” Stredney said.

Common Threads invites you to join in the grand opening weekend festivities as follows:

Friday, June 24:

  • Store hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • 10 a.m.: Ribbon cutting ceremony led by Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Ann Patton; coffee and donuts in the morning from area favorite Becker’s Donuts & Bakery.
  • All day: Fashions on display, curated by students from Virginia Marti College of Art and Design; random prize drawings every hour and special deals on merchandise.

Saturday, June 25:

  • Store hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • All day: Free popcorn for children; random prize drawings every hour, new items arriving on the sales floor every 30 minutes, and special deals on merchandise.

Quality donations from the community are a critical part of the store’s success. To make a tax-deductible donation, please bring your gently-used items to the store Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (donation hours before grand opening). For more information and a full list of accepted donation items, visit

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:56 PM, 05.31.2016