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Mama’s House Thrift Shop moves to new Waimea location


The thrift shop with a mission, Mama’s House will relocate to Saffron (formerly Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant) on Kawaihae Road as of Nov. 1, 2013.

Bringing a fresh energy to the historic Chock In Store, Mama’s House will open an “Upcountry Chic Boutique” in the front room and a quaint little “Christmas Store” in the flower shop space.

Saffron Restaurant will continue to host private functions, meetings and special events.

Mama’s House Thrift Shop is the central and most visible component of The Pantry, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which also includes The Friday Night Crew youth coalition and Waimea Artists’ Guild.

With a mission to “bring new life to goods and good people,” the store re-purposes donated items, reducing the volume of near-capacity landfills and selling quality products at affordable prices.

At the same time, Mama’s House offers compliance opportunities for those with mandated community service hours through Drug Court, Circuit Court, Family Court and Teen Court.

It also provides on the job training and work opportunity in a safe and supportive environment for recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families) benefits, as required by the Department of Health and Human Services’ First to Work and SEE (Supporting Employment Empowerment) Hawaii Work Programs.

“We couldn’t be happier with the new location,” said Beth Mehau, The Pantry’s Executive Director. “Saffron has abundant parking, great visibility, personality, and special ties to the community. Some of the people who work with us remember going to Chock In Store when they were young, and just marveling at all the wonderful things on the shelves. We’d like to think we can bring some of that old-fashioned spirit and sense of place back into the house with our Upcountry Chic Boutique and seasonal Christmas Store.”

Taking it to the next level for their new location, Mama’s House Upcountry Chic Boutique will be a place to discover quality furnishings and accessories, kitchenware and table linens, art, vintage items, Hawaiiana and Mama’s hand-picked collection of new and gently-used fashions from professional to special occasion and Waimea’s signature paniolo style.

Donated items continue to be gratefully accepted at the present Mama’s House (next to Napa Auto).

In addition, a moving fund campaign is in progress at

“I want people to know that Mama’s House is not just a store,” Mehau said. “It’s a place that brings together some of the best things about our community — its generosity, willingness to help others and sense of kuleana, of responsibility to take care of those who need help.”

For additional information, call Beth Mehau at The Pantry, 887-2289 or 887-2287.

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