• James Parry

Nova Hudson to open second thrift store in historic building on Main Road


Earlier this week, Alan Davis joined Boutique Nova volunteers Janet Ellerbeck (left) and Linda Cobbett outside the historic building on Main, Nova’s upcoming second thrift shop in town.

Constructed exactly a century ago next year, the commercial building at 538 Main Road in Hudson near Elm Street which has seen several tenants over the decades is returning to its roots, and Nova Hudson promises to make it sensational.

As of next month, the building – once owned by Don Fergusson who opened the legendary The Music Box in the early 1950s selling furniture and TVs – will have a new vocation. He also sold old records and fishing tackle before the store’s name and ownership changed to Heidi's selling china and giftware. This storied locale will be home to Nova's second thrift shop, Nova Boutique Maison, focusing on second-hand furniture and household items.

Everything on sale will have been donated, the shop will be staffed by volunteers, and all money raised after paying the rent and utilities will go to Nova Hudson which has been helping people in the Hudson region since 1956. The organization will continue to operate La Boutique Nova, which sells primarily clothing, in the heart of the village at 455 Main.

Explained Nova Hudson vice-president, Wanda Bray, in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal, “We have been extremely pleased with the success and community support for our little boutique since its opening in 2009 and it has become the go-to clothing store for local residents and a tourist attraction for visitors from far and wide.

“Space, however, is becoming cramped. We are currently outsourcing storage in two private homes and cannot continue to take this for granted. Also, calls have been coming in for donations of household goods and furniture and it was an obvious decision to start a search for a larger and more spacious location.”

Added Bray, “After checking out the available buildings in Hudson, the obvious choice was to rent the former Alan Davis and Associates building which was up for sale and Alan and Diane Davis were extremely supportive of this endeavour and the transformation from an office space to retail store is currently underway.”

Said Alan Davis, “We are delighted that Nova Hudson will locate its new store in our historic building. We strongly support their mission of providing nursing care to the seriously ill and couldn't wish for a better use of the building.”

Bray said Nova wanted this store to be in the heart of Hudson and that the location will help promote the growing popularity of the town as a great shopping destination. “It will also ensure we have enough room for sorting and storing off-season clothing as well as provide a receiving/drop-off location for the convenience of donors,” she said.

Depending upon how renovations progress, plans are to open for business in mid-December at which time they will graciously accept donations of furniture, china, lamps, paintings, mirrors, and other household goods. To make arrangements, call Janet Ellerbeck - who would also welcome volunteers to fill easy three-hour shifts from Tuesday to Sunday - at (514) 912-4804 or (450) 458-4804.

All monies raised by both shops go directly to help fund Nova's home nursing visits, vaccination and foot clinics, the Adult Day Centre (aka The Seniors’ Club), consultations, palliative care, and many more home health care services in Hudson and surrounding communities provided by four dedicated nurses and hundreds of volunteers who support them in countless ways.

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