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Not Your Average Gift Shop

When I first walked into Shine, I thought I was visiting just another fun neighborhood boutique. A rack of our Positively Green greeting cards stood by the entrance. Jewelry and assorted trinkets lined the front counter display. My eyes were immediately drawn to a display of brightly colored scarves. And while I'd certainly take my girlfriends to shop here, this cozy shop also has an even deeper purpose.

Owned and operated by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Shine is a retail resource for people who are undergoing cancer treatment. Not only is the store stocked with gift products, but they also sell important items that cancer patients need, such as wigs, compression garments, prosthetics, and physical therapy goods. Shine even offers complimentary head shaves and wig trims in the lower portion of the store. All the proceeds go back to benefit patient family services.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Eileen Hood and Carrie L. Jacobsen, the wonderful managers behind Shine. They tell me that the store came from a true customer need. Patients approached them asking where they could find wigs and breast prosthetics. They also needed a private place to choose and purchase these things.

Shine has become a safe haven for its customers. Cancer is a disease that often leaves patients feeling scared and uncertain. Shine's space is warm and inviting. Customers are met by a supportive staff of volunteers. Eileen tells me, "The people who run the register are volunteers who give their time and support. Many of them are cancer survivors so they have a great kinship with people. They're beautiful smiling faces for people who are overwhelmed."

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month--a time to honor cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones. Each day, Shine serves as a resource and comfort for cancer patients--and that is truly inspirational.

For more information on Shine, go to: www.seattlecca.org/shine.cfm

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  • 1 Lucia 10.16.2012 | 8:57 PM

    Glad you featured SHINE at SCCA. I volunteer there and it is the highlight of my week. Great place. Fantastic purpose. and really cool gifts & cards.

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