“It had actually been in the back of my mind, to find some way of supporting local charities from a business side. Start a business and use every aspect of the business, whether its the product you provide, the people that you hire or even what you do with the money after you sell to do good,” says Tom Frazier a successful multi-business owner and former pastor of First Evangelical Church.
This current business is Blues City Thrift Store found in the heart of South Memphis, TN. The store provides a plethora of worthwhile clothing and household items at affordable prices with one hundred percent of the profits going to local charities that help families and children in need. All the items sold are also tax free. He also hires workers from the community, people who are usually in desperate need of employment. On his website, Tom Frazier writes, “We’re adding new stuff everyday! Your shopping, donations and gifts help provide healthcare, education and character guidance for Memphis children and families. Our profits are used to support local Memphis charities: The Church Health Center, Youth Leadership of Memphis, & Westminster Tuition Assistance.” The motto of Blues City Thrift Store is, “Goods for a Greater Good!”
This is something desperately needed in a city With a crime rate of 81 per one thousand residents, Memphis has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 12, according to neighborhoodscout.com. But in the midst of all this crime comes many positive people who support and believe that Blues City Thrift Store will help make a change.
Jeff Hulett is with the Church Health Center and is a charity that is supported by the Blues City Thrift Store. He said,” I actually picked up a chord organ here [at blues city] last week… [and] I picked up some high quality dresses for my little girl. This is a high quality thrift shop and I think Memphis is really going to love it.”
If you are in the Memphis, TN area please stop by and lend your support. There will also be a grand opening celebration Saturday, April 6th, 2013. There will be free food, live music and fun while shopping. It’s located on Quince just east of Kirby.
I am happy to have this be the first good in the hood news story for my column series and hope that despite the many negative reports over the news in America, I can finally put a spotlight on those positive news items that often gets overlooked. Please contact me if you know of a positive news story in your area that you want reported. Don’t allow negativity you watch or read get you down. It’s better to get out there, open your eyes, meet people and find the positivity around you. You’ll never know what you may run into!