Charlotte's hot new boutique, GW, just opened June 8 and it's destined to be a hit. Although it looks like it could be in a high-end shopping center, it's on Wilkinson Boulevard at Goodwill's shiny new Opportunity Campus, hence the name GW.
Tonya Nations, vice president of store operations, gave us a tour and we were impressed with the merchandise and the mission. It's filled with some of the best clothing and home decor items donated to Goodwill displayed in a color-block style similar to the popular chain store Charming Charlie.
The prices generally range from $3 to $24, but some top designer items can be $50 and up. The boutique is run by a team of professionals with a retail background that includes Belk and Nordstrom. It's also a job training site where those who are helped by Goodwill can learn about working in retail.
True bargain hunters will also be interested to know that the space next to GW is devoted to a new outlet store called Second Editions. It has bins of deeply discounted clothing, plus shoes, jewelry, books and items for the home that are pulled from other Goodwill stores because they weren't snapped up within three weeks.
GW Boutique and Second Editions are at 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. For details, click here.