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Arc of Evansville celebrates opening of downtown store

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A local partnership benefiting the disabled in our area, is also helping the poor across the world.

Arc of Evansville launched the opening of their downtown store, during a busy lunch hour in the Old National Bank Atrium.

The store has a variety of handmade and fair-trade goods ranging from scarves and jewelry to clothing and blankets.

These items are made by poor women in Myanmar, who receive ninety percent of all proceeds sold.

Arc then staffs the store with individuals like Nikki Goodridge, to help them gain independence and achieve their full potential.

"Arc provides an opportunity for people to get work and be employed in a unique circumstance like this,” said Betsy Hopkins, Director of Marketing for Uncharted.  “So, we're able to have Nikki work for us, which is really great.  She's learning how to run a store and be part of that, and it’s a really great collaboration."

"I really like being here,” added Goodridge.  “They're really nice.  They have really nice products.  I love selling the products too.” 

The store will be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can also visit Uncharted's main location at 400 South Green River Road in Evansville.

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