CROWN POINT — Customers were already lined up outside the doors of Second Life Resale Shoppe as the store celebrated the official grand opening of its new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Second Life Resale Shoppe is now at 1800 N. Main St., which has been vacant since Carroll Chevrolet closed its doors in 2009. The upscale thrift store bought the building in December and spent eight months renovating the site. It opened in the new location on Tuesday.
The store made the move from its previous location just south at 1510 N. Main St. where in 2010 it opened in what was another former car dealership.
Former Carroll Chevrolet owner Georgette Fairchild said the property is a big part of her past.
"When the dealership closed, it was of great importance to me to find a worthy organization that would take over this space," she said. "It's a big area and it's an entrance to town. I live here and I'm a member of the community so it's important to me to have a good outcome."
Proceeds from the store help parents who send their children to Crown Point Christian School in St. John. Fairchild said that speaks to American ingenuity.
"People who are volunteering their time to provide better education for their children are certaintly good people," she said. "And I'm happy to have been a part of this organization's transformation."
The store is also part of the transformation of the north end of the Main Street corridor, something Mayor David Uran mentioned in his remarks at the ceremony.
"You walk in here and you'll never know this was a car dealership," he said. "You did it up the street and even better here in the northern part of our community."
Second Life board president Tim Groenewold said he may be biased, "but our contractors and volunteers did an awesome job."
Officials also celebrated the city's Redevelopment Commission's recent approval of a $7,500 facade grant for Second Life Resale Shoppe to help with its renovation of the building.
A second life is also in the works for the vacant land that was part of Carroll Chevrolet just east of the store. A new subdivision is being proposed there with 15 single-family homes, details of which have not yet been released.