A one-of-a-kind retail store has opened in Seattle, and the owners say it’s all about buying and selling with a purpose.
The store is called Shine, and it offers a special service that you won’t find at any other retailer.
Seattle’s newest retail store has some of shoppers’ favorite things – jewelry, countless accessories, loads of clothing – even intimate apparel.
But what Shine says it has that no other store can offer are products and services for anyone touched by cancer – family, friends and patients, like Wendy DeBoer.
“It was the one mammogram I had that I wasn’t expecting to hear – you have cancer,” recalls Wendy DeBoer, describing when her cancer journey began in 2007.
That was pre-Shine.
“I’ve been fitted at two other spots, and they didn’t have the cozy feel, and you need that,” she says. “You’re kind of being handled with care still. When you’re ready to be fitted, when you finally make that decision to be fitted, it’s a huge step in life.”
The clerks are friendly and helpful.
“We are here to help you feel wonderful again,” says one.
Everything a cancer patients needs is now under one roof – from breast prosthetics and bras to post-surgical and compression garments.
Shine even has a special salon for shaving heads and offers hair alternatives.
Shine employee Erica Karlovits says, “This area here is for skin care products.”
The owners say patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Clinic who kept asking where to get products and services made them realize they needed to open Shine.
“It’s exhausting, and if we can solve the problems in one stop then we’ve done what we’re suppose to do,” says Shine co-owner Eileen Hood.
“Not only can you come here and be treated for care like myself, but I can bring my girlfriends here and we can shop,” says Wendy DeBoer. “I’ve already found things for Christmas, so I’m going to do some shopping here. It’s a neat, neat place.”
Shine is open Monday through Saturday. A portion of its proceeds goes towards cancer research.
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