NuLife Nimble ThimbleNuLife @ Nimble Thimble, a nonprofit upcycling store, is now open thanks to the work of over 90 Millersville University (MU) students.

The store opened permanently on May 16 after a grand opening event on May 5. Students from Dr. Minoo Ghoreishi’s service learning seminar and Dr. Lexi Hutto’s retail marketing classes cleaned, painted and reorganized the store to prepare for the grand opening. Also over the past four months, the students advertised for the event and helped to fundraise for the nonprofit.

“My classes alone had 17 teams each working on different projects from website design and crowdfunding to merchandising and local fundraising,” explains Hutto. “Minoo Ghoreishi’s class worked on cleaning, boxing materials and painting the site.”

Those efforts came together in time for the grand opening, which took place at NuLife’s Hardware Lofts at 45 N. Market Street in Lancaster, and was timed to include the MU students who played an integral role in the venture’s launch. The event also featured a performance from the Big Boy Brass Band, recognition of the original owners of Nimble Thimble, Mort and Ruth Nierenberg, and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

NuLife’s mission is to create jobs and home business development opportunities in the Lancaster community by offering training in upcycled alternatives to traditional home décor, jewelry and fashion as a way to reduce local waste. The organization is operated by Handz On Hope, a nonprofit with social purpose.

Nulife @ Nimble Thimble is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as the first Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about NuLife, go to https://handzonhope.wixsite.com/nulife or contact Schirlyn Kamara at 717-224-8469.

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