Certainly not where it is now – a thriving 10-year old boutique that has literally grown out of its ‘skin’! Certainly the August 2011 remodel never could have been accomplished in so few days without the dedicated team of volunteers who worked before and after each contracted job to guarantee the smoothest transitions from various stages of ‘before’ to the final ‘after'.
In this charity-focused business, Designing Women Boutique depends on volunteer help to ensure that maximum revenue is directed towards their annual grant program – resulting in more funding for Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations.
In the normal work schedule, it’s the team of more than 25 volunteers who keep the boutique running smoothly, including the half-dozen volunteers dedicated specifically to the ever-expanding Estate Liquidations & Downsizing Division. The volunteers work along side the four part-time staff members six days a week. With this robust team, store manager Annie Sundeen is able to keep most volunteers’ work schedule down to one morning or afternoon per week, ensuring smooth day-to-day operation under the directorship of Pam Day.
Volunteers are provided with quality training to ensure they are comfortable to do their very best. Tasks go way beyond ringing up sales and guiding customers to the right styles for them. DWB volunteers go ‘the extra mile’ to explain the inventory system to shoppers, become familiar with what’s in the store to anticipate future needs, help evaluate, price and place items on the selling floor, and continually ‘stage’ the shop’s furnishings and fashions to best showcase the boutique’s high-end merchandise.
Come in and let DWB’s volunteers help you enjoy a very special shopping experience – and as you give to yourself – know that you will also be giving back to your Community.