ENNIS – After nearly 12 years in operation, FirstLook Boutique of Ennis will close its doors Dec. 31. The boutique, which serves to provide financial support for the mission of FirstLook Center, first opened in 2009 offering a variety of gently used items including clothing, accessories, decor, kitchenware and household goods.
“Unfortunately, a collection of challenging circumstances has made it increasingly more difficult for our Ennis Boutique to support the mission of FirstLook,” said Donna Young, FirstLook CEO. “While we are obviously disappointed to have to make the decision to close the boutique, we remain committed to the Ennis community and our clients.”
Until the end of the year, the boutique will remain open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closing Nov. 26-28 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 24-26 for Christmas. As the nonprofit prepares for the change, all items in the store are discounted 50% or more.
In addition, FirstLook will no longer accept donations at the Ennis boutique but will accept new and gently used items at its Waxahachie boutique from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.
FirstLook serves a large percentage of clients from Ennis at its Waxahachie clinic and will continue to seek out opportunities for outreach in the Ennis community.
“Our boutique may be closing, but we are not leaving this community,” Young said. “We will continue to serve our clients and provide opportunities for the people of Ennis to volunteer and serve as well.”
“A significant part of our heart and love at FirstLook has been the Ennis community,” board member Vernon Witherspoon said. “The Ennis community and east Ellis County continues to be a major part of where FirstLook serves and is involved as we look for even more and better ways to be active in this community.”
For more information about FirstLook and its services, visit friendsoffirstlook.org.