Area shoppers seeking a great deal on some new and gently used items can breath a sigh of relief. After approximately three months of renovations, The Muncie Mission’s Attic Window Thrift Shop in downtown Winchester opened its doors to the public on Monday morning. Free lunches consisting of a freshly grilled hot dog, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water were available from 11:00 AM until noon, when a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion.

Winchester Mayor Bob McCoy gave a brief speech before Muncie Mission President and CEO Frank Baldwin cut the ribbon as other staff members of the Muncie Mission, members of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce, and building owners Brody and Christina Tarter looked on. A steady crowd of shoppers perused the various items that were neatly organized in the newly renovated thrift shop. Many could be heard commenting, “this is really nice.”

The Attic Window has been at this location for over thirty years. The Muncie Mission started the thrift stores in the late 1950’s. The Winchester location was the first outside of Muncie. The building is over 100 years old, and the renovations were badly needed. “We have been here for over thirty years,” said Muncie Mission’s Business Administrator Pat Jones. “These renovations should allow us to remain here for many more,” he added.

Tarter, and the others involved, have invested a lot in the project, and hope that this will inspire others to take pride in their community and make the effort to make improvements wherever they can.