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JFCS Opens a Thrift Boutique

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Cutting the ribbon at the new JFCS boutique on Frankford Avenue: Suzanne Levy-Polikoff (left), board chair Michael Willner; and agency CEO/president Paula Goldstein.

Throngs of shoppers and supporters attended the recent grand opening of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service Thrift Boutique in Frankford. 

The wares — stacks of gently used clothing for both kids and adults — are donated by friends of the agency, with goods coming from such labels as Boyds, Chico’s, Hollister, Lucky, Joseph Banks, Tommy Bahama and Polo. Toys, books, shoes and household items are also for sale.

It's not the first JFCS attempt at a thrift shop. Pia Eisenberg, vice president for development and communications, said the agency operated a similar store decades ago. Over the years, many prospective donors have called to offer up clothes and items, Eisenburg said, but there was no place to put them until now. 

Board chairman Michael Wilner is providing space he owns in a shopping center at 8948 Frankford Avenue for the store. But who to manage the business? None other than volunteer Suzanne Levy-Polikoff. She has taken time off from her career at Leon L. Levy and Associates, her father's insurance and financial planning firm, to manage the boutique.

The target shopper: JFCS clients. Eisenberg said some agency social workers have gone to the boutique already to pick up items for their clients.

The agency is also looking for volunteers to help out at the store. For more information, call 267-256-2082.

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