Shop Talk: A bargain of an event at the 'Basket'

CHRIS CURLE
Sue Woods, manager of the Bargain Basket, is inviting islanders to attend an open house today to celebrate the charity thrift store's first anniversary at its expanded facility at 750 Bald Eagle Drive. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

Sue Woods, manager of the Bargain Basket, is inviting islanders to attend an open house today to celebrate the charity thrift store's first anniversary at its expanded facility at 750 Bald Eagle Drive. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

The Bargain Basket, a fixture on Marco Island for more than 35 years, is having an anniversary party today, Oct. 21, and you’re invited.

It’s been a year since the Bargain Basket moved to its bigger, brighter facility at 750 Bald Eagle Drive. So why not celebrate with a party? It’s an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, complete with “light” refreshments. And of course the charity thrift store will be open for shopping.

We asked manager Sue Woods how it’s been going since the big move.

“It’s busier here than in the old location. It’s a larger space and a nice building. We were busy, even in September.

“I think Goodwill closing the Marco store will be beneficial for us. It’s early to tell, but I think a lot of people who donated to Goodwill, instead of going off island, will come here. Being the only thrift store on the island will be a positive.”

Sue says the Bargain Basket will be open one evening a week, Thursdays, to 8 p.m. Other store hours now are 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Sue also reminded us that the Basket tries to make sure every donated item gets a chance of being used somewhere, if not here.

“What doesn’t meet our standards, our requirements, are bagged up and sent abroad. We do that with a lot of stuff. Even a lot of the furniture goes to Immokalee. We try to farm out just about everything. We don’t want holey things or things that are really bad, we don’t want to send that on. We take gently used, just about everything, pillows as long as they’re clean, that kind of thing.”

The Bargain Basket works with at least 13 other mission and charitable facilities, a few of which are Bedtime Bundles of Collier County, Youth Haven in East Naples, St. Matthews, the Shelter for Abused Women and Collier County Habitat for Humanity.

“One other thing,” Sue mentions. “We welcome volunteers to the Bargain Basket and they don’t have to be members of the United Church (which operates the thrift store.) We’d be happy to have their help.” Call (239) 394-6640 or email bargainbasket@marcocable.com.

Tara's Steak and Lobster House is bringing back the Moony Mann Band, which was a hit previously at that Esplanade restaurant. Submitted

Tara's Steak and Lobster House is bringing back the Moony Mann Band, which was a hit previously at that Esplanade restaurant. Submitted

2wice As Nice may return

When island entrepreneur Judy Barney announced recently she was closing her successful upscale consignment shop, 2wice As Nice, she got a nice surprise, more

than twice.

“So many clients implored me not to close,” Judy says, about the store that opened almost two years ago at 291 S. Collier Blvd. “So I’m thinking seriously about that. The demand continues on Marco for high quality new or gently used clothing and accessories.”

We asked Judy whether she will open 2wice As Nice elsewhere on the island, or what? And if so, might the new version be not only twice as nice but also twice as large?

Judy laughed and responded, “As you always say, Chris and Don, ‘Stay tuned.’”

Hey man, feelin’ Moony?

They’re back. The Moony Mann Band is back at Tara Steak & Lobster House at the Esplanade. The entertainers open this evening, Oct. 21, playing ’50s and ’60s music, Motown, rock ‘n roll and more.

That’s not all the news at Tara, starting now and for the coming season.

“We repainted the whole place,” says co-owner Marco Porto, “and we’ve resurfaced the chairs, put in all new flowers and added more tables and chairs outside so people can dine on the water.” And the tapas (small plates) menu has been expanded.

Tara is open for happy hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and at 5 p.m. for dinner. For reservations, call (239) 394-0212.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com.

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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