Barkin' Bargains Thrift Store will host a grand opening and open house from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at its new location at 213 Grand Avenue in Paonia. Proceeds from Barkin' Bargains sales support CAWS (Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter), which provides services that support the health and well-being of cats and dogs in the North Fork Valley. "We're hoping for lots of people," said CAWS board president Erica Howard.
In addition to shopping, the event includes free drawings for dog and cat goodies, refreshments, and a one-time opportunity to see where the new emergency housing for dogs and cats will be built. A lot of work has gone into preparing the new store, said Howard, and all of it was done by "an army of volunteers" from the community.