A new business in Summerland, Full Circle Outlet, held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday evening.
Jessica Nemeth, president of the Okanagan Community Development non-profit society introduced John Ryland, Jeff Kruck, Kristi Leardo and Paula Cowen, the members of the society.
She thanked the many businesses and volunteers who had a hand in getting the store up and running.
“It started as a mere thought, a pondering, a dream. I began talking to as many people as I could about the potential to continue the vision that the Summerland Charity Shop laid out for us. The response was beyond positive,” she said.
The mission of the Society is to be able to provide funding to youth and family programs in Summerland and the Okanagan.
The name of the store was chosen through a contest on Facebook, with the winning participant being Tina Nevin-Bedard.
“The name absolutely applies because the money you spend here will go full circle to help others in our community, so please come in and shop and remember, we make a living out of what we get, we make a life out of what we give,” Nemeth said.
Mayor Janice Perrino was on hand to help cut the ribbon, officially opening the store. “It doesn’t matter how much work they’ve done, without us coming in and spending our money here it doesn’t work, so it’s up to all of us to make sure this success lingers on,” Perrino said.