Even blizzard conditions couldn’t put a damper on the grand opening of an expanded Salvation Army operation in Spearfish.
“Business slowed down because of the weather this afternoon,” Sheila Frost, who works in the antiques department, said of Monday’s strong winds and blowing snow. “But it’s been good.”
The Salvation Army of the Northern Hills store, at 320 Ryan Road in Spearfish, had been closed for several days for extensive renovations with assistance and donations coming from Rapid City, Belle Fourche, Nisland, Newell and northeast Wyoming.
“When we say we are from the Black Hills, we are from the Black Hills,” pricing analyst Sandi Hem of Spearfish said.
Employees say the store will continue to expand and accept more donations.
“A cargo trailer will be moved in for the furniture. Then we can expand this area for our other things,” store manager Belinda Rovere said of the original space. “With us increasing and expanding, we can serve more people.”
The Belle Fourche woman said the store receives many high-quality donations from a wide area.
"Donations come from Wyoming and all around the area," Rovere said. "We get a lot of antiques and high-end items. People are very generous."
The renovation has given the store more of a department store feel and includes a reading area, displays of designer shoes and purses and a display case for clothing. Donated items are new and used and include clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, shoes, bedding, kitchenware and toys.
“Any of the excess items we cannot sell go to Third World countries … especially clothing and shoes,” said Frost, who is from Belle Fourche.
When funding allows, Salvation Army social services include offering clothing vouchers, household boxes, referral cards to the food pantry, diapers and personal hygiene products, eyeglass vouchers through Give the Gift of Sight and Project Eye Care, past due utility bill assistance and contributes to Coats for Kids, school supplies, Christmas food boxes and Angel Tree gifts.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.