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Charitable clothing store opens in new location

A charitable clothing store that has been a Medford fixture for morethan 30 years opens today in a new downtown location.

Nice Twice, a key fund-raising project of the Junior League, has movedto 32 S. Central Ave. The shop loses a bit of space in the move from EastMain Street, but gains commercial exposure and parking, says league memberSally Hubel.

The goal of the move is to increase business to make the shop more profitablefor the league's many social service projects.

The women's group finances projects focusing on needy women, childrenand troubled families. Efforts include a partnership with OnTrack Inc. substanceabuse counseling, scholarships for Head Start youngsters and contributionsto the Dunn House battered women's shelter. The league has just begun workon establishing a home for pregnant teenagers.

The shop began in 1965 as a flea market at the Medford Armory. It movedinto its East Main Street site in 1965.

The league eventually bought that building, which is now for sale.

Parking around East Main Street was always difficult for shoppers, Hubelsaid, and the low-profile building had been hard to find for some.

The move to South Central Avenue has been in the works for several months.

Nice Twice is run by league members such as Hubel, who volunteer theirtime. Clothes come from the community.

Hubel says the store accepts only quality clothes and shoes for women,men and children that are clean and in good shape. Donations are acceptedonly on a seasonal basis ­ volunteers are taking fall and winter clothesnow.

Clothing can be donated outright, or left on consignment with the leagueand the donor evenly splitting the sale price.

Donors are asked to call the store to make an appointment to leave items,773-5256.