• Carmen Marie Fabio

Nova Home boutique gradually reopens


Volunteer Louise Hatrick (left) and Nova Home Boutique founder and coordinator Janet Ellerbeck tested the reopening waters last weekend at the location on Main Road in Hudson and welcomed a steady stream of customers.

An experimental 'soft re-opening' of Hudson's Nova Home boutique the weekend of July 4 and 5 showed just how keen the thrift store shoppers are to get back to all their favourite haunts.

“We just put a few things out on the lawn and our 'open' sign and had a steady stream of customers,” said Janet Ellerbeck who founded and coordinates the two Nova boutiques in Hudson which resell donated items. While Nova Home is slowly getting back to business, its sister shop further east on Main Road which sells clothing and jewellery remains closed for now. The funds raised at the two volunteer-run organizations are used to cover operating expenses for the Nova nurses, formerly known as the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), who provide home nursing and community health care.

The boutique openings are dependent upon the availability of volunteers and given that most are retirees who are more vulnerable to being affected by the ongoing pandemic, the full hours of operation have not yet resumed.

Visitors to Nova Home were greeted July 5 by volunteer and Pointe-Fortune resident David Daughty who not only ensured hands were sanitized, he also took customers' contact information just in case anyone should fall ill in the ensuing days. If anyone arrives without a mask, they're available for purchase for $1.


Janet Ellerbeck says she’ll be happy to open the second-storey bridal boutique to any potential bride-to-be (call first) who wants to browse the newly expanded inventory of bride dresses and bridal party outfits.

Along with the selection of furniture and household goods, Nova Home's upper level is dedicated to brides and weddings and with a recent influx of dozens of new brides' dresses, Ellerbeck said she will open any time for a bride-to-be to come and peruse the extensive selection that includes bespoke mother-of-the-bride outfits, flower girl and page boy wear, veils, shoes, and even sets of Royal Doulton china. Dresses are available for a fraction of their initial cost and all are dry-cleaned before being put up for sale.

The Nova Home boutique is located at located at 538 Main Road and as it has not yet resumed its full operating hours, bargain hunters are advised to call first at (450) 202-6006.

Future brides can contact Janet Ellerbeck to book an appointment by email at janetellerbeck@gmail.com or by phone at (514) 912-4804.

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