We did it! We moved for 5 days—12 hours a day—and re-opened in our new PERMANENT location at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in the Lakewood Shopping Center on Saturday, August 16.
We’ve been in our new space for a month, and it does feel like home. The building is clean, cooled, well lit, and we have a new front door. And new hours! We’re still open 7 days a week, but we’re now open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
We’ve had tons of support and a star-studded community effort, with help coming from staff, board members, friends and family, community members, Splatspace, our Lakewood neighbors, The ReUse Warehouse, Allyn Meredith, Steve Schewel, Karen Stinehelfer and Lucy, Carol Anderson, BuildSense, and many, many others. We are truly grateful for all of you who helped make the load that much lighter, and provided joy and support (and food!) during what is inevitably a challenging time.
And now that we’re getting settled in, The Scrap Exchange is gearing up for some fall festivities.
First off, we have … Third Friday! Yes we will continue to participate in Third Friday gallery openings from 6 to 9 p.m. on the third Friday of every month! This month we will celebrate our one hundred and twenty third Third Friday gallery reception not only with a great exhibition of Durham artist Eric Kelly’s show “Faces and Spaces”, but also with a name change for the gallery itself. The former Green Gallery will henceforth be known as the Cameron Gallery, in honor of our longtime friend Danny Cameron, who has supported the organization in so many ways—from volunteering his time and expertise to the organization in the early 1990s, to donating amazing store and studio materials, to offering operational and building support from the Dan Cameron Family Foundation, to investing in a future that embodies creative reuse in communities, and a place to exhibit the work. We are thrilled and excited about the next phase of the gallery—please come on out and see for yourself!
Another great event coming up soon will be our official Grand Opening at our Lakewood location on Sunday, October 5 from 12 to 7 p.m. Come on out and join in the festivities …. they are free and open to all.
We’ll kick things off at noon with master of ceremonies Willa Brigham introducing Junk Jams led by musician extraordinaire Cathy Kielar. The official ribbon cutting will be done by longtime Scrap Exchange supporters State Senator Mike Woodard and his lovely wife Sarah. The Bulltown Strutters will provide music, and more music will be featured throughout the day. We’ll also have artist demos, FREE make-n-take, a low-waste food truck rodeo sponsored by Don’t Waste Durham, AND the raffle of an ELF CAR! (Thank you Rob Cotter of Organic Transit, the Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Shoeboxed, for arranging this amazing giveaway!)
AND a great big thank you to Danny Cameron for adding awesome support to this event.
Hope to see everyone on Sunday, October 5!
Another October event we’re gearing up for is ReuseConex, the bi-annual conference of the national Reuse Alliance. ReuseConex 2014 will be held from October 23–26 in Austin, Texas. We’ll be sending five staff members, and three members of our board of directors will also be in attendance. Check it out, think about attending, and please help us spread the word about the reuse revolution!
Ann May Woodward
The Scrap Exchange