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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 22, 2018
Queen’s Closet to reopen in new space

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With a larger space, the Queen’s Closet now has more room to display everything from formal dresses to formal menswear.

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by Faith DeAmbrose

Now in its 11th year, the Queen’s Closet has made a move—next door. And while the move wasn’t necessarily epic in terms of proximity, it was a challenge due to a mountain of snow that stood in the way.

With back-to-back snowstorms in as many weeks, piles of snow added a layer of complexity that delayed the reopening process. Queen’s Closet founder Cathy Boyce had hoped to reopen on March 20, but will instead invite the community to see the new space, which is owned by the Island Employee Cooperative, on Saturday, March 24 from 12 to 3 p.m.

Moving next door will allow the nonprofit, which provides a complete and free outfit to anyone, much more space to conduct its work. “The building is sunny, bright and clean,” said Boyce, “and is much more user friendly.”

Queen’s Closet is operated by Boyce, but behind the scenes, she said, it is supported by many community members. Moving the contents of the shop from one location to another was no different, she said, as she named off a number of people in the community that came to lend a hand, including George and Mabel Robbins, Karen Turner and Darlene Turner, Carol Fifield and Boyce’s three children. “I, and others, have been working about six to 10 hours a day for the last few weeks,” Boyce said of the move, “and there is still more to do.”

The shop is open one day a week: Tuesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment. Hours increase during prom season.

Boyce said that while she has hundreds of gowns in the shop, she is still looking for larger-sized, full-length gowns in size 16 and up. “I want to make sure we can provide anyone, of any size, with a dress for their special occasion.”

For more information about the Queen’s Closet, visit them on Facebook.

More space, more shoes

With more space for display racks, owner Cathy Boyce can now display a wider range of footwear.

Photo by Monique Labbe
Even more options

With a larger space, the Queen’s Closet now has more room to display everything from formal dresses to formal menswear.

Photo by Monique Labbe