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Larry Butcher/For The Herald-Dispatch Kellie Boggs looks through items during the soft opening of the new Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area's U.S. 60 Goodwill store Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON - Several dozen community members lined up to shop during the soft opening of Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc.'s newest store on U.S. 60 in Huntington on Saturday.

"My friends and I operate a haunted house in Wayne, and Goodwill is a great place to find unique items," said Jeremy Blankenship, 25, of Wayne.

Blankenship says he and his mother shop at Goodwill stores across the region and he noticed the unique design of the new store.

"I love some of the designs they have created," he said.

Shelia Christian, the store's manager, said the purpose of the unique design of the inside of the store is to give the store a fun, fresh off of Pinterest looking design. She said Goodwill partnered with the Little Tennessee Event Farm, a wedding venue in Lawrence County, Ohio, to create the store's interior look.

"It includes mason jar lighting, a pallet wall with coffee mugs hanging from it, a pallet chair and reading nook near Goodwill's book section and many other rustic, donated object designs," she said. "The designs all have donated goods that are repurposed, upcycled and recycled and used in different ways."

Christian said the designs are not for sale, but rather to encourage others to do their own "do it yourself" projects with their finds from Goodwill stores.

"We wanted a chic style and a unique do-it-yourself feel," she said.

The store is located at 3000 Parkway Drive, directly behind the new Texas Roadhouse.

"The store will operate as a donation center and retail store," Christian said.

The store's operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc. currently operates 12 stores as well as an online E-commerce site. The stores are located in Huntington, Barboursville, Lavalette, Milton, Williamson and Point Pleasant in West Virginia and in Ashland, Louisa, Catlettsburg and Inez in Kentucky.

An average of 87 cents of every dollar earned by Goodwill store sales goes back to support its mission services programs, Christian said.

"Goodwill would like to invite community members to attend the grand opening celebration of the new Route 60 Huntington Goodwill store at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017," she said. "The Huntington Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Route 60 Huntington store. Individuals are invited to join us for celebration, enjoy some cake, meet and greet with the Goodwill team and check out the Goodwill store for great finds."

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