A headless mannequin stands watch in the corner clothed in a suit and tie, while button down shirts and blouses line up by size and color on a rack across the room.
Meanwhile, a dozen women dressed in hot pink jackets gather just outside the door. One of them, finally steps forward and reluctantly accepts the giant blue scissors. Crystal Pounds isn’t sure she wants to be in the spotlight by herself and eventually convinces Diplomat president, Janice Cates to help her out. It is time to cut the ribbon.
The photographer starts the countdown and the rest of the group joins in. The scissors slice through the red ribbon as the Diplomats cheer. And with that, the Classy Closet opens for business.
Area residents who have job interviews will now be able to obtain professional work attire for their appointment at no cost to them. It is a project that has been months in the making.
Last February, the Colby Diplomats, a committee of area businesswomen who act as the service arm of the Chamber, gathered around a meeting table to brainstorm ideas for their next big project. They were looking for something long-term, something that would fulfill their organizations mission.
Pounds, who was a driving force behind the closet, says the closet has received donations from member Diplomats and several CCC employees as well, but they are always looking for more. The group just asks that the clothing be clean and stain-free.
“We are eager to build the selection of items available and provide this service for our community,” she says.
For more information on how you can donate to the Classy Closet, or to schedule an appointment to receive an outfit, call the Chamber office at (785) 460-3401.