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MedinaMade, a nonprofit retail consignment shop, to close by end of February

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MONTVILLE TWP. — MedinaMade, a nonprofit retail consignment shop, will close its doors Feb. 16.

Store manager Jody Maki said it will reopen Feb. 24-28 for a liquidation sale of all unclaimed vendor items and store fixtures. MedinaMade, located at 2736 Medina Road, Suite 108, will officially close at the end of the business day Feb. 28.

The gift shop’s grand opening was in April 2016. It was co-owned by the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities and SHC/The Arc of Medina County. Adults with developmental disabilities earned real-life job experience and worked in the day-to-day operations of the store.

“Everybody’s sad about it (closing),” Maki said.

A news release said after consideration from both agencies, they have decided to close MedinaMade and move its employment-training program directly into existing community businesses.

Maki said the store was successful the first year, but sales dropped thereafter.

Sandi Sammon, director of development and community relations with SHC, said many local artists sold their wares at the store.

“It’s been a great run,” Sammon said. “It’s just not sustainable. It’s something we couldn’t keep funding.”

MedinaMade’s proceeds benefitted the nonprofit SHC/The Arc. SHC partnered with individuals with disabilities.

Among the items the store sold were hand-woven rugs, jewelry, purses, blankets, books, art work, jam, jellies, honey, banked goods and several other items.

SHC and the Board of Developmental Disabilities said in the release they have always been committed to the idea that people with developmental disabilities are entitled to be full and equal members of the community.

They said they appreciated the support of local artists and craftspeople that consigned their wares. The partnership made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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