The STARability Foundation’s newest endeavor, the STAR Store: Upscale Resale & Stellar Art, opened its doors to the community on Aug. 1, with a Grand Opening celebration slated for Oct. 19 after our seasonal residents return.
“We’re stocked with some amazing donations of gently used, upscale furniture and home accessories and are excited to welcome our first customers,” says Carrie Jo Terry, STAR Store Director. “It’s just wonderful how much support we’ve already received from the community!”
Located at 106 10th St. N. in the up-and-coming Naples Design District, the STAR Store came about through a vision Terry had to support the STARability Foundation by bringing her experience in nonprofit resale store management and volunteer coordination to an organization that is near and dear to her heart. As the mother of a son with autism and the lifelong best friend of Carrie Cooney, 1st vice president of STARability’s board of directors who also has a son with Autism, Terry is deeply committed to the cause and has an innate knack for home decorating
“My goals for the STAR Store are to earn a profit and to put those profits back into the STARability programs,” she says. “And, to provide employment and vocational training to the STARability participants while encouraging community outreach. We provide a place for the public to shop, where they can also learn about the mission of the STARability and the vital role it plays in our community.”
Terry also wants to set an example of inclusion to the community by showing the value and importance of employing people with different abilities. Executive Director Karen Govern and the board of directors received the concept with great gratitude, especially since it came with generous donations of start-up funds from three donors secured by Carrie and John Cooney, STARability Board member, and Advisory Board member, respectively.
“We are thrilled to have our first brick and mortar storefront in the community to enhance community awareness of our mission,” said Govern. “It also provides a space for our members to create and showcase their art, which we’ve been striving to do. Our members love to create and express their creativity.”
Special thanks to Verna and David George, OJ and Janet Buigas, and Joanne and Jeffrey Miller for graciously donating start-up funds. If you would like to donate to the cause through your time as a volunteer; with gently used, upscale home furnishings; or with funding to further propel the success of the STAR Store, please visit www.STARability.org/star-store or reach out to Carrie Jo Terry at 239.263.1894.