Uptown Resale is an innovative project of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph to generate revenue to bring services to children and families in need. The spacious store sells quality, ready-for-resale clothing, fashion accessories, housewares, home decor, and collectibles to bargain hunters and fashionistas alike. Proceeds of Uptown Resale go directly to helping more than 200,000 people each year in Northwest Missouri who come to Catholic Charities for help and hope. From food and utility assistance, to homeless prevention and foster care services, Catholic Charities has more than 50 programs, each designed to honor the life and dignity of each person served.
The Uptown Resale retail location opened on April 21, 2010 offering 2,500 square feet of upscale, gently used merchandise.
Before opening the shop, Rozanne sought advice concerning retail operations from SCORE. She was paired with Jerry Gilson, a longtime SCORE mentor with over 20 years of experience in retail operations and merchandising. Jerry immediately got to work reviewing their business plan and suggesting revisions to initial expense planning that would reflect pre-opening and post-opening expenses. Once a retail location had been chosen, Jerry assisted in developing a weekly timeline of construction and opening procedures for the store. Subsequent meetings were held on site to review progress and resolve issues. Jerry’s experience in retail management aided greatly throughout the hiring process for the store’s management and staff.