Something special is in store for shoppers at Salvation Army SELECT.
With its layout, furniture and fixtures designed by Matt Jones and Debbie Nestvogel as their undergraduate honors thesis in interior architecture, the store is a prototype for re-selling donated clothes and accessories in a boutique atmosphere. Located at 3610 N. Elm Street in Lake Jeanette Station, it opened Nov. 13.
Debbie Nestvogel applies a coat of paint in the Salvation Army SELECT store.
This Salvation Army SELECT store is a shining example of the good things that happen when students combine learning and service, Provost David Perrin said during a Nov. 12 news conference.
Visitors find walls painted chocolate brown and robin's egg blue and stylish track lighting highlighting eye-catching displays. The Salvation Army's trademark red shield is set at an angle, reflecting a new image.
Proceeds from the 5,000-square-foot store will support the Salvation Army's local work including Greensboro's Boys and Girls Clubs and Center of Hope, a shelter to self-sufficiency.
Jones and Nestvogel spent the summer designing the store, including frequent trips around the state for inspiration. Faculty member Suzanne Cabrera served as thesis professor and mentor to the two students.
We didn't want a cookie cutter approach like many other stores, Jones said. We were influenced by trendy retail environments and interiors that promote comfortable adventure and discovery.
Jones graduated in August and now works for the Department of Interior Architecture as a lecturer and woodshop supervisor. Nestvogel will graduate in December. While juggling other responsibilities this fall, they continued to work to make their vision a reality.
It's been an incredible experience that we're so grateful for, Nestvogel said at the news conference. We've learned so much throughout the entire process. It's surreal standing here right now, seeing the design we've had in our heads since May.
This semester, studio courses in interior architecture led by Cabrera and Stoel Burrowes have helped with projects ranging from marketing to construction of shelves, display cases and other furniture.
Students and faculty in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies contributed merchandising expertise. Local artist Sage Hanna painted a wall-sized mural, Amazing Grace, telling the story of the Salvation Army's charitable programs. Local contractors and volunteers provided more help.
This has been a community project, by the community and for the community, Jones said. The idea of community is what drew Debbie and me to this project from the beginning.
The design of Salvation Army SELECT grew out of an earlier collaboration between the university and the Salvation Army. A year ago, several dozen students and faculty spent all night at the Gatewood Building brainstorming a makeover for the Salvation Army's Family Store on Lee Street.
To read more about Salvation Army SELECT, and to see more photos, visit www.salvationarmyselect.com.