Selling See’s Candies and holiday boutique items has been a great fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Elk Grove (SIEG). We have sold candy out of a utility trailer parked at a fruit and vegetable stand in the little town of Sheldon, and then moved to a variety of storefronts in the Village at Elk Grove Shopping Center on East Stockton Boulevard. The storefronts have ranged in size from a small multiple office space to a very large retail space. We will open our shop this year across the street from last year’s location, in the shopping center between The Donut Shop and Radio Shack, just East of the intersection of Elk Grove Blvd. and Emerald Vista, at 8649 Elk Grove Blvd.,
We will open on Saturday December 3rd and will be open until Christmas Eve. Our hours will be from 10:00 AM to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week.
When we were in the small office complex we had a large variety of boxed candies. Several of our members decorated the store beautifully with personal Christmas decorations. Our customers wanted to purchase the decorations, so every year since then we have added our “holiday boutique” merchandise to the inventory that we sell.
“Soroptimist Fund Raising with See’s Candies” has a well-established reputation in the greater Elk Grove area. Customers not only enjoy our large variety of boxed candies and the beautiful, well-priced holiday boutique items that we sell. They also appreciate the ample parking and no-long-lines-out-the-door that we offer.
Our presence as the purveyor of the See’s Candies & Holiday Boutique has strengthened SIEG’s connection with the community. In addition to selling candy and boutique items, we collect clothing for the Elk Grove Food Bank, and recently added “See’s for Soldiers.” Customers can buy candy or make a monetary contribution to purchase candy at our store, which will be shipped to soldiers serving overseas.
Last but not least, we donate a basket of candy and boutique items to the “Shop Elk Grove” campaign in support of the local economy. Of course we make a donation jar available in our store for anyone who might want to contribute to SIEG’s local projects.
The store is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 p.m. starting December 3rd and ending Christmas Eve. This is subject to change based on the availability of the See’s Candies inventory. When the See’s warehouse runs out of supplies, we have no choice but to close our doors for the season.
Members always look forward to mid-November when the entire club begins cleaning, decorating and stocking the store prior to its opening. SIEG members work four-hour shifts in pairs while the store is open. Working at the store is a great way for members to get to know each other better and have fun, and to feel good about contributing to the success of our biggest fundraiser of the year.
The See’s Store and Holiday Boutique is a great time for everyone at SIEG! If you cannot make it to our See’s Store and Holiday Boutique but would still like to support the Soroptimist of Elk Grove, please click here to donate.