A new business designed to offer quality clothes and toys without paying retail prices for them is preparing to open its doors this week.
Children’s Orchard resale store, located in the Whispering Woods Plaza at Gibraltar Road and I-75, is devoting four days to celebrate its grand opening.
The opening will be held July 18 through 21, with something planned for all ages.
There will be giveaways, prizes and family entertainment.
This is the first business for husband and wife team Chris and Tracy Allen.
They are community residents who grew up in the Downriver area and have resided in Brownstown with their family for more than 20 years.
Tracy Allen left a professional career in “big box retail” behind to take on this venture, but she is bringing the skills she has learned with her to the family business.
She wants to use her experience to help families earn money, even as they recycle and repurpose children’s clothing, toys and accessories.
Whether it’s clothes for a newborn or a pre-teen, Children’s Orchard has it.
There also are gently used games, toys, strollers, play and home equipment.
Allen is partnering with Purple Heart to take any clothing or items she doesn’t purchase and donate them back to the community.
She is also working with the Helping Hands program at Flat Rock’s Community Lutheran Church, which helps families with clothing and household items to ensure all donations she receives from customers stays with Downriver families.
“I want to help people with the high cost of raising their children while also giving back to the community,” Allen, who can also help families find other avenues to repurpose or recycle anything she does not purchase, said. “We are a different kind of resale store. In this day and age when we all overconsume, it is important to repurpose, reuse and recycle what we have.”
Getting the new Children’s Orchard ready for the community has been a family affair involving the Allen’s two daughters and other close family members.
The new Brownstown store will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while they are buying their inventory.
Watch for Allen’s Facebook and Instagram pages for community announcements.
“We are currently buying and building our inventory,” Allen said. “Come sell to us. We can’t wait to open up and begin buying and selling anything and everything a family needs to maintain a great quality of life and on an affordable budget.”
Anyone with questions about the business can reach Allen at 734-676-4898.