Assistance League of Wichita to reopen resale shop in new space Tuesday

Steven Hernandez, with Bauer and Son Construction, puts the finishing coat of paint on the door at 2431 E. Douglas, the new home of the Assistance League shop.

WICHITA — Almost a decade after starting a search for a new building, the Assistance League of Wichita is opening in new space Tuesday.

“It is looking so great,” says the League’s Helene Longhofer of the new building at 2431 E. Douglas, just down from Douglas and Grove. She says the shop “has a real boutique look.”

The building, which the Assistance League owns, used to be home to Paradise Antiques. The Assistance League used to be in rented space down the street at 2611 E. Douglas.

As Have You Heard? reported in October, the new space’s 6,000 square feet is more than double the size of the old store.

The resale shop sells an array of things including clothing, jewelry and household items.

The 28-year-old League is a chapter of the nonprofit national Assistance League. The local League provides assistance to Wichitans with programs such as Operation School Bell, which provides children with new clothes for school. The League also gives scholarships to the Wichita Area Technical College and Butler Community College.

The resale shop, which is run by volunteers, raises money for the League’s projects.

Longhofer says the new store will be handicap accessible, unlike the last one, and have better parking.

It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Longhofer says a number of businesses donated to preparing the space. She says WDM Architects donated most of its services, and Bauer and Son Construction also donated time and materials.

Many individuals also contributed their time, Longhofer says, including Assistance League chairwoman Betty Epperly.

“She has kind of coordinated the whole move. … Both of us have just worked our tails off.”