Despite a torrential downpour, nearly 70 consumers, staff, families and friends of Allied Rehabilitation Centers accompanied the Allied’s Attic Thrift Store float in this year’s 4th of July parade. Decked out in red, white and blue t-shirts, the marchers complemented the patriotic colors, flags, bunting and decorations on the float.
Allied's Attic Thrift Store Manager Marisol Suarez and her daughter, Angelmarie, accept the trophy for "Most Patriotic Float" from Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin, right, and 4th of July Committee member Mike Emmons.
The team effort paid off when Allied’s Attic was awarded the trophy for “Most Patriotic Float” by Scott Kaupin, Mayor of Enfield and 4th of July Committee member Mike Emmons. Thrift Store Manager Marisol Suarez and her daughter, Angelmarie, accepted the award on the town green Saturday afternoon, July 11.
“A lot of hard work went into designing and building our first-ever parade float,” Marisol stated. “I want to thank the float committee, Allied’s facilities department and everyone who braved the elements and walked in the parade.
We had a lot of fun and we’re already looking forward to next year,” she added.
Allied’s Attic Thrift Store, which opened in 2007, is celebrating its third anniversary on August 20th.
Town proclamation cites thrift store’s contributions to the community
Allied’s Attic Thrift Store at 581 Enfield Street celebrated its third anniversary August 20. In recognition, Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin presented a Town Proclamation to thrift store Manager Marisol Suarez and Store Associate Martin Cruz at a meeting of the Enfield Rotary Club on August 25.
The proclamation applauds Allied’s Attic for the employment opportunities it provides to individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, it cites Allied Rehabilitation Centers’ philosophy of giving back to the community and other not-for-profit organizations. The store periodically features popular dollar clothing sales, has supported the Enfield Social Services Department and area shelters with emergency clothing and supplies, and donates excess items to Big Brothers & Big Sisters.
Mayor Kaupin also commended Allied's Attic for winning the award for “Most Patriotic Float” in this year's Independence Day Celebration parade. On behalf of the Town Council and Town Administration, he congratulated Allied’s Attic Thrift Store “for their dedication to citizens” and urged “the citizens of Enfield to congratulate them on their third anniversary.”
Suarez was guest speaker at the Rotary meeting. She showed a video of the thrift store and the new donation-processing center established by Allied at 294 George Washington Road. Thanks to the additional space at the processing center, Allied's Attic is now accepting donations of furniture.
Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin, left, presents the official proclamation to Allied’s Attic Thrift Store Associate Martin Cruz, center, and store Manager Marisol Suarez, right.
Allied's Attic Celebrates
Allied’s Attic Thrift Store at 581 Enfield Street celebrated the completion of its 5th year in business on August 20. A special "Ladies' Day Sale" drew an eager crowd of shoppers who lined up outside before the doors opened at 10 a.m. Congratulations to Store Manager Marisol Suarez and her staff on another successful year. Here's a short 5th anniversary video.
New Allied's Attic Thrift Store Opens
at 294 George Washington Road
Participating in the Allied’s Attic ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 1 were (l-r) Town Councilman Greg Stokes, Allied Chief Operating Officer Carol Bohnet, Store Associate Deb Horvath, Allied Board of Directors Chairman Frank Santy, Store Associate Iris Santiago, Allied's Attic Manager Marisol Suarez, Case Manager Elyse Pearson, Store Associate Brandi Bouchard, Donation Processing Center Coordinator Melissa Wightman, Store Associate Amber Falvey, Store Associate Jen Phalin, Store Associate Rachel Hernandez, Employment Support Professional Sue Hunt, Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin and North Central CT Chamber of Commerce President Michael Weber.
Allied's Attic had previously been located at 581 Enfield Street for the past six years. The thrift store is now located in the same building that houses the donation processing center and is next door to the Enfield Housing Authority building. It is on Enfield's "Magic Carpet" bus route.