Whether it's frugality and a desire to recycle, or simply a generous heart, residents of Rapid City are regular donors of used items to benefit the local Club for Boys.
So many donations are received at the Club for Boys Thrift Store that the club last week moved to a new location for just one reason, said Marlene Matt-Montoya, a manager of the thrift store.
"We just totally outgrew out space so bad," Matt-Montoya said. "We just have a very, very generous community and they keep giving, and we need more space to put it."
The new store opened Tuesday at 960 Cambell St. in a former car sales showroom that has twice the retail space and double the work space than the previous location. The former site was located at 319 N. Third St. next to the Club for Boys.
The move was exhausting but should allow the thrift store to carry more merchandise, hire more employees and contribute even more money to the Club for Boys. Matt-Montoya said the store generates about a third of the annual budget for the club, which is about $1.3 million a year, according to Journal archives.
The club serves about 245 boys a day and provides hot meals, homework help, physical education and other programs. The new thrift store, across from the east entrance of the Central States Fairgrounds, will hold a grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 .m. to 5 p.m.
Regular store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Donations accepted until one hour before closing. Call 605-341-8878.
Painter has new studio
Toni Rangel is keeping alive the ancient art of portraiture painting and is now working from a much larger space in Rapid City.
Rangel, owner and operator of Toni's Fine Art & Portraiture, has moved from a site at Seventh and St. Joseph streets to a spot in the Schmidt Building at 832 St. Joseph St., Suite 102.
"I just moved to a better place, a more elegant space," Rangel said. "I love it there."
Rangel's store and studio is mainly open by appointment, but she also does her oil painting there in her new three-room gallery and studio. There she carries her Native American art pieces, some of which display in several prominent locations across the state. "People who come in to view my paintings can also watch me paint," she said.
She said portraiture is alive and well, and she usually starts by taking a photo of her subject, who then approves the image. Then she begins her artwork. Her rates range from $2,000 for a child's head-and-shoulder shot up to $10,000 for a full-length adult portrait.
For an appointment or to learn more, call Rangel at 605-545-1284.
Counseling office opens
Families and individuals that need counseling services have a new option now that the non-profit Center for Training and Restoration has opened a new office at 2650 Jackson Blvd., Suite 11.
The center focuses on improving communication among families, working with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief and addiction issues. Another program works to help families socialize without modern technology that can distract.
The family-oriented center has a four-day program and one-day seminars to improve communication and understanding within families. Native Americans in the Access to Recovery Program can receive counseling services for free, the agency said in a press release.
For more information, call 605-484-0576 or go online at acenterfortrainingandrestoration.com.