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PHOTO PROVIDED Local State Farm insurance agent Cara Montarsi is preparing to open Caramia’s Reloved Fashion in downtown Lock Haven this month. Above, the interior of the new high-end thrift store is shown. On the left is the Caramia logo.

LOCK HAVEN – A high-end thrift store will soon be the newest addition to downtown Lock Haven’s boutique scene.

Caramia’s Reloved Fashion, soon to be owned and operated by local State Farm insurance agent Cara Montarsi, will offer pre-owned women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. Montarsi wants to offer the community an alternative option to retail shopping.

“It’s going to be a second-hand women’s clothing store, more exclusive than the other second-hand stores.” Monte said. “We want to offer the public another option to retail. I feel like there’s a lot of fast fashion where we push ourselves to buy things that we don’t necessarily end up wearing.”

With a more sophisticated style second-hand store, Montarsi wants to have the quality clothing that people want at a financially stable price. With today’s cost increases by retail standards, Caramia’s will offer quality at an affordable price.

“We want to be able to offer clothes that have a lot more life to the general public without having to pay retail. Because everyone is trying to find savings on everything they can right now with the cost of everything going up so much.” Mount said.

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PHOTOS PROVIDED Local State Farm insurance agent Cara Montarsi is preparing to open Caramia’s Reloved Fashion in downtown Lock Haven this month.

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The 1,000-square-foot store will be located in the Penny Lane Mini Mall along East Main Street. The space will also have a rear door to Willard’s Alley, by The Old Corner, for easy parking access.

“I’m excited about the location just because it’s right downtown and there’s also a new coffee shop across the hall (Brew Haven),” Mount said.

Caramia’s is, so far, planned to open during the third week of July. Montarsi said that she will host a special VIP event with invited friends and family, as well as anyone who is part of her Facebook page.

The grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony will take place after the VIP event with the Clinton County Economic Partnership and Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.

Montarsi has been actively interviewing prospective employees for the thrift store with already “two or three good candidates”.

The store will operate part-time initially from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“If I can expand, I will” she said. “I want to offer a higher salary than normal … obviously with the times we are in.”

With his position in the Clinton County Housing Coalition and Caminos a la Paz, Montarsi wants to be able to offer more job opportunities/benefits in the community through them.

“This is all new to me. I never thought in a million years that I would open a retail store.” she said. “Hopefully this is going to be fun after all the work is done. The space is moving forward, right now it’s a lot of work.”

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