The Village Door, a staple consignment store in downtown Homewood for 29 years, has created an e-commerce website.
“This is new territory for us, even though The Cancer Support Center has an official website,” said manager Diane Matthews. “Our website will hopefully aid with sales, as it will be fully integrated with our complete stock in-store.”
Although the website is new, the mission behind the store at 2019 Ridge Road is not.
In 1994, after center founder Jennifer Fallick learned of the special talents of Flossmoor residents Joan Dobrez and Mary “Dee” Adam, they decided to help raise funds by opening a furniture consignment store in partnership with Homewood’s Cancer Support Center.
“It was really a grassroots effort,” Matthews said. “They were incredibly successful in their attempts to rally volunteers since cancer has touched the lives of so many. As a matter of fact, we still have a ton of volunteers working with The Village Door, most of which are cancer survivors themselves.”
The Cancer Support Center, celebrating 30 years this year, has been providing free programs and resources and working to provide strength, guidance, and support to anyone impacted by cancer and their caregivers, according to The Center’s official website.
“With our website people who may not be able to come to the shop can still see what they have and can purchase online and pick up at their convenience,” Matthews explained. “Our longtime customers know when new items come in since we usually stock on Mondays, but this way other people can also shop the new stock.”
“We’re also always looking for more volunteers,” Matthews said. “And people should certainly try and check us out online or come into the shop because it’s just a great place to be. Plus, you can get some special items here and prices are really reasonable, and you just feel good because you know your money is going towards a good cause.”
Visit The Village Door’s website at villagedoor.com and The Cancer Support Center’s website at cancersupportcenter.org. The Village Door is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.