The newly reopened Redstone Thrift Shop has a new manager.
Sophie Gentry of Huntsville became manager of the consignment store July 12. The shop closed in spring 2020 because of the pandemic.
“I’m very excited to work with the volunteers and to reopen the shop,” Gentry, wife of Air Force Lt. Col. Jim Gentry of the Missile Defense Agency, said. “I think it’s a big part of the community. The time that the volunteers put into the shop goes out tenfold into the community and the post.”
She arrived in Huntsville in August 2020 from Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Georgia.
The Thrift Shop, 3209 Hercules Road, has reduced hours for its first two weeks. Thursday hours July 22 and July 29 are noon to 4 p.m. It’s open Tuesday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is for shopping only, no consignments.
“Starting in August we hope to reopen our regular hours, including consignments,” Gentry said.
Regular hours, which they hope to resume in August, include 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9-5 Thursday. The staff members are unsure when they’ll start taking consignments. They are now taking donations.
Gentry, 47, is originally from Antwerp, Belgium. She came to the United States in 1993 to go to college and she became a naturalized citizen in 2005.
She and her husband of 23 years have three children. Their daughter, Natalia Garcia, 26, resides in Los Angeles. Both sons attend the University of Georgia. Connor, 22, is a senior majoring in psychology while Patrick, 20, is a junior majoring in finance and economics.
For more information about the Thrift Shop, call the manager at 881-6992.