New name announced for store in Albion – ‘Main Street Corner Thrifts, Gifts and More’

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 22 April 2023 at 1:38 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Community Action of Orleans & Genesee opened the Main Street Thrift Store in October 2014 at the former American Legion, 131 South Main St.

ALBION – Community Action of Orleans and Genesee has announced a new name for its Main Street Thrift Store.

The board decided last year to rename the store to better reflect the wide range of goods and services they offer there, said Jeanette Worsley, case manager and health coach at Community Action.

After running a contest for a new name, the organization has chosen “Main Street Corner Thrifts, Gifts and More.”

The winning name was chosen by Kinzie Rickner of Albion, who will receive a $50 gift certificate to the store.

“The Ad-Hoc Committee which decided on the new name didn’t want to move too far from the Main Street theme, so people knew it was the same ownership,” Worsley said. “But they wanted people to also know it is so much more than a thrift store.”

In addition to being a great place to shop, the store also a workforce development program, where community members can learn new skills and receive help with resume building, job searches, interview skills or obtain professional attire.

Other available services include emergency service referrals, a credit recovery program where Albion High School students are offered individual assignments and activities to help make up credits needed to graduate, and most recently, installation of a tele-health pod where veterans can privately make telehealth appointments.

The store also hosts public events, such as the new prom dress giveaway on May 22, and offers educational opportunities, including a financial literacy workshop presented by M&T Bank, beginning April 26.

Community Action will work with Orleans-Niagara BOCES students to create a new sign for the building.