Sunflower Shoppe has plenty to offer
JOHNSTOWN – While you are out and about admiring the beautiful fall scenery, schedule a visit to beautiful Historic Downtown Johnstown.
Downtown Johnstown has great shops, restaurants, and historical landmarks. One of those shops is the Sunflower Shoppe, located at 26 W. Main St.
The Sunflower Shoppe is a women’s career clothing store sponsored by the local nonprofit Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association. It is open for business Wednesday to Friday 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Masks are required to enter.
The shoppe has a great selection of new and gently worn business, casual, and evening wear attire, as well as scrubs.
Sandy Fiesinger, manager of the Sunflower Shoppe keeps the selection fashion forward and season appropriate. Stop in this weekend and any Wednesday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several finds await, as summer work and cocktail dresses are available at the unbelievable price of 50 cents (Hurry they are going fast)! Fiesinger and her volunteers are currently bringing out fall and winter items ranging from $2 to $16.
After you shop, put your bags in your car and take a 1-mile cell phone tour of “Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” This one-hour, one-mile cell phone tour guide brings the history of Stanton right to the convenience of your cell phone.
Stanton was the first woman to publicly call for the women’s right to vote in America. Walk the path of her birthplace and experience what shaped her capacity for revolutionary thinking and actions. Let the sights and sounds of Johnstown inspire you as they did her. This tour is also brought to you by The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association (ECSHA).
The ECSHA is a charitable organization 501(c)3 that was founded in 2008, with the objective to educate people about the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, serve women in a variety of capacities as Elizabeth did, and establish Johnstown as the birthplace of women’s equality. This has been a very exciting year for ECSHA, as they recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. To celebrate this momentous occasion they are sponsoring a nonpartisan “Use your vote” campaign in our region that disseminates information about voting registration and deadlines.
In addition, “Ride the Revolution” will be held in the summer of 2021 (postponed from August 2020 due to COVID-19). This two-day, three-night fully supported bicycle ride will start in Johnstown and journey to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home in Seneca Falls where she shared her ideas at the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention.
Visit their website — ecstantonhometown.org. There you will find an abundance of history and interesting webinars and facts. Watch the Youtube video of Harriot Stanton Blatch. Click on the link to purchase books. Check out www.womenswebspot.org to access important resources for success organized into four major categories — educational success, financial literacy, political activism and social connection.
The Sunflower Shoppe is “where sisterhood blossoms.” While open to all, the special focus is to assist women entering the job market for the first time or re-entering the labor force.
The Sunflower Shoppe is also the seasonal home of Elizabeth and Eileen’s Closet — a ECSHA outreach project offering modern and beautiful prom dresses that can be rented for $30 or purchased for $50.
The outreach projects continue, as the Shoppe also sponsors “Project Lift the Girls” to help ladies in need of new undergarments.
Donations of clothing or financial support are always welcome. They are also looking for volunteers. Check out their new billboard — displayed on Route 29 (by the roundabout) and a new Facebook page @csunflowershoppe or shop in and sign up!