Shalom Shop plans move to FleetGo building

The Shalom Thrift Shop is on the move again.

Barock Halbmaier loads boxes onto the elevator belt during moving day for the Shalom Shop held Saturday, Sept. 22. Photos by Rachel Kytonen

After less than three years in the former Ben Franklin building in downtown Cambridge, Shalom has seriously outgrown the space. Because of the generous support of the community, Shalom no longer has the space to display all the wonderful merchandise that has been donated.

In looking at the available space in the Cambridge area, and the costs associated with renting versus owning, the Shalom Board has determined that the best long term decision is to own a space that will not be outgrown.

Kay Halbmaier (right) passes a box to Allison Krueger to load onto the moving truck.

Shalom has been in existence since 1981 and fully expects to be around for years to come, so again, owning property makes more sense for the long term.

Because Shalom’s mission is to give back to the community through funds raised through the sale of merchandise, excess funds do not exist for the costs associated with the move and purchasing additional display racks.

Therefore, the Shalom Board and all the dedicated volunteers working at Shalom are seeking help from the public through contributions to an Expansion Donation Drive to assist in getting moved and set up in the larger facility.

Shalom is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization which means any donations received from individuals and companies may be deductible for income tax purposes.

Any donations, no matter how small, can be deposited into the Shalom Expansion Donation Drive accounts set up at Cambridge State Bank and Peoples Bank of Commerce, or can be mailed to Shalom Thrift Shop, P.O. Box 492, Cambridge, MN 55008.

Shalom will reopen in early October in the former FleetGo location east of downtown Cambridge on Hwy. 95. Shalom plans to be ready to accept donations again on Oct. 3 at the new location.

Shalom is grateful to all the donors and customers who have made it possible to give back over $127,000 a year to other charitable organizations who assist those in need of food, shelter and clothing. With the move to larger quarters, Shalom expects to increase those donations significantly in the coming years.

Join Shalom as they expand to better serve their mission by donating whatever you can to help defer the moving costs and get the new larger store up and running.