The well-publicized feud between University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and health insurer Highmark has many western Pennsylvania residents worrying that they may lose access to services from UPMC when a contract between the two entities expires next year, especially as many residents carry Highmark insurance.
The Variety Shoppe, a co-op store located at 10 Erie Ave. in downtown St. Marys, offers an array of products, all sold by local vendors.
The store was initially opened as The Shop on Depot in October 2010, but recently was renamed and moved to the former Smith's Sports Store building.
"We are now in a better location with a bigger place and have more traffic," said Donna Prechtl Nussbaum, store owner.
August 25 is 'National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day,' a day to consider donating some of your own lightly used or outgrown clothing, raid a relative's closet, or go browsing at your local thrift store.
For most people, the stigma previously attached to shopping at thrift stores has vanished. They have become hip places where young people go to find vintage T-Shirts, vinyl records, accessories and various knick-knacks. Two area shops are Goodwill, found in various locations in Elk County, and the ReSale Shop in St. Marys.