MARIETTA - The gift shop operated by the Marietta Welfare League will reopen next year after renovations are finished at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
A new gift shop is expected to open in late spring or early summer 2014.
But the league still plans to announce thousands of dollars in grants to be distributed to community organizations in January.
Photo by Sam Shawver
Dustin Vaninwagen with Advanced Insulation Services checks a pipe in the future location of the expanded radiology services department at Marietta Memorial Hospital. The first-floor renovations include a new gift and coffee shop operated by the Marietta Welfare League.
"We closed the shop Sept. 30 as that first floor area of the hospital is being completely renovated. They're moving us just around the corner near the first floor elevators, where we'll have a new large-scale shop with a beautiful new design," said Amy Elliott, past president of the Marietta Welfare League.
She said the new shop design will include windows on three sides and indoor and outdoor seating with a view of the hospital courtyard. New furniture, counter space, and WiFi accessibility will also be included. It's expected to open in late spring or early summer.
Located at the hospital since 1957, the league's gift and coffee shop generates funding that is annually given away to organizations such as the O'Neill Center, Tri-County Food Pantry, Washington County Women's Home, Washington County Habitat for Humanity and many others.
At A Glance
* The gift shop opened at MMH in 1957. Proceeds from the shop are annually distributed to a host of local community organizations.
* Applications are being accepted for the latest round of Welfare League grants. Organizations may apply c/o The Marietta Welfare League, P.O. Box 525, Marietta, Ohio 45750 through Oct. 31.
The Marietta Welfare League this year distributed $26,070 in funding to 21 Washington County organizations in January.
League president Jane Crumrine said although the gift shop is closed there will be enough proceeds to provide another round of grant funding at the beginning of next year, even after start-up costs for the new facility are considered.
"We're still looking at a pretty good amount," she said. "Our gifts have sold well at the shop this year, so we'll be entertaining all grant requests we receive. But requests have to be submitted by Oct. 31 this year."
Elliott said it's important for those asking for grants to specify how the funding will be used.
"They really need to tell us who will be helped-who will be touched by the grants," she said.
The league is grateful to Marietta Memorial for its support of the gift shop and its mission to give back to the community over the years.
"And although there will be some inconvenience while the renovations are going on, the new facility will allow us to give more back to the community," she said.
Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing and public relations for the Memorial Health System, said the new gift shop is part of the major overhaul of the hospital's first floor area.
"We're renovating the entire radiology department, adding a new cath lab and lobby area and other renovations that will impact multiple areas of the first floor," she said. "These improvements will make those areas more user-friendly as well as accommodate more technical equipment in the future."