Quincy Shop to be New Haven for Children of All Ages

- Posted: 10/31/08

QUINCY, FL (October 31, 2008) - The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the scheduled opening of Eyes of a Child on Tuesday, November 4. The shop, located at 12 Washington Street will be open initially Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and noon to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. This eclectic shop is Quincy's newest cozy place to browse vintage and homemade items like costumes, fabric photo albums, clothes, jewelry, toys and stuffed animals. Some new, used and vintage books are also on hand. Various workshops, such as creative writing critiques, sewing, and even turning trash to treasure, will be scheduled for individuals and families interested in learning new hobbies or brushing up on old skills.

Chamber members, strategic partners and the local community are strongly encouraged to join Eyes of a Child for their official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be served so the Chamber requests RSVPs by Monday, November10.

"I think it's terrific to have a little shop like this open in Quincy," said Michelle Burdick, the Chamber's vice president of membership. "It's proximity to the town square will give people the opportunity to browse during their lunch break and let their children participate in creative workshops after school."

"It has always been our motto to make a difference in a child's life, whether they are five or fifty-five," said Dolores Caracci, co-owner of Eyes of a Child. "All of us have the same basic needs and it isn't monetary giving but what you give of yourself [that makes a difference]."

Caracci, also known as Elf, and her husband, John want to share things they are passionate about with the rest of Gadsden County. Eyes of a Child will allow them to share their passion for the visual and literary arts. Their son, Stanton von Philip-Wood, will manage the store while pursuing his own writing and musical plans. Even several friends of the family have jumped on board to help teach arts and craft to children and adults.

"Elf and her family have formed a positive outlet for our community," said Burdick. "I hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunities they have created."

The Chamber encourages local businesses and community leaders to show their support of Eyes of a Child. Specific details about the store and creative workshops can be obtained by calling the store at (850) 875-4199. RSVPS for the ribbon cutting ceremony can be made by calling the Chamber at (850) 627-9231.