NOVA Hudson building purchase an investment for the future
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
NOVA Hudson expands fundraising potential with sales of furniture and bridal wear with the invaluable assistance of volunteers June Barakett (front) and Janet Ellerbeck (back).
As of the end of June, 2018, NOVA Hudson became the owners of the building and property located at 538 Main Road, Hudson formerly owned by Alan Davis & Associates.
“It was an offer that we really couldn’t refuse,” NOVA Hudson Vice President Wanda Smith told The Journal as she described how the previous owners really wanted the charity to be able to purchase the property.
Building purchase thanks to owner
It all began in January, 2018 when NOVA rented the location and opened a second-hand furniture boutique to complement their nearly-new clothing store, La Boutique NOVA at 455 Main Road.
“Things went really well but after three months, the owner decided to put the property on the market,” said volunteer Janet Ellerbeck as she gave The Journal a tour of the newly acquired furniture boutique. She pointed out that owning the building was a good investment for the future.
“Instead of paying rent, we are paying a mortgage on a valuable piece of property in Hudson,” she added.
“We have to thank Diane Davis,” said Smith. “She went overboard to make sure that NOVA Hudson would be able to purchase the property.”
Funding for community healthcare
“Without the boutiques, we would have to spend a lot more time focusing on fundraising,” said Smith. “Because of the funds they raise, we are able focus on providing healthcare for those that need it.”
The new, larger location also provided space for a Bridal Boutique offering a wide range of designer bridal dresses at affordable prices.
“There isn’t a bridal gown in here priced over $300,” said Ellerbeck as the tour of the premises continued. “We have everything for the bride, the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids,” she said lifting a recently arrived wedding frock off of a display stand. “Some of these are worth several thousand dollars each,” she added. According to Ellerbeck, this is the only bridal boutique of its kind outside of Montreal.
NOVA Hudson is a non-profit registered charitable organization that has been providing community healthcare in the Hudson and Saint-Lazare areas since 1956. “Our nurses fill in the gaps for the Centre local de services communautaires (CLSC),” said Smith adding, “As our population ages, there is going to be a greater demand for NOVA health care services.”
Smith emphasized the importance of the work carried out by volunteers.
“We have volunteers from across the area, Saint-Lazare, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Rigaud and Hudson,” she said. It’s the volunteers that keep both boutiques operational, handling the incoming merchandise and welcoming visitors and shoppers.
“It’s amazing how well it’s done,” commented President of NOVA Hudson Peter Lang in reference to the newly purchased location. “It also means a lot more work,” he added with a smile.
How to donate furniture
The extra work hasn’t fazed Ellerbeck in the least.
“The turnover on the furniture is constant and we are always looking for good, used furniture,” she noted. Anyone wishing to donate to the shop is invited to contact Ellerbeck by telephone at (514) 912-4804 or (450) 202-6682 to make the appropriate arrangements. The furniture shop and bridal boutique are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. For further information, please visit their website at www.novahudson.com.