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Grand opening for Nature Store2 scheduled

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Nov 10, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The Nature Store2 will celebrate its grand opening Nov. 20 on Sanibel.

Nov. 20 will mark the grand opening of the refuge’s Nature Store2 on Sanibel to the public.

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will do a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., and the store will offer specials all weekend long. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge will operate it, along with the original storefront and online store, to support wildlife and conservation at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

While the refuge’s flagship store remains unable to open because it resides within a federal building that the government has mandated for closure, Nature Store2 will provide a storefront for selling books, clothing, jewelry, art and other gifts to support the refuge. The space also will serve as a fulfillment center for the ShopDingDarling.com online store.

For the grand opening, the new shop and online store are promoting a 20 percent discount on all apparel for ladies, men and children, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces and hats, from Nov. 20-22. Use the promotional code GRANDOPEN20 online to receive the discount.

“The weekend is a good time to get a jump on holiday shopping, enjoy Sanibel’s latest unique shopping experience and shop to support a good cause and driving economic factor on Sanibel Island,” Nature Store Manager Ann-Marie Wildman said.

The Nature Store2 will also offer special prices on other select items, plus a free gift with any $25 or more purchase. Shoppers that weekend who sign up to receive the DDWS’ weekly “Ding” on the Wing email bulletin will be entered for a chance to win prizes, which will be on display that weekend.

The shop will also debut an exclusive Nature Store2 line of eco-friendly tote bags, backpacks and gift bags made from durable and sustainable materials. Individually packaged refuge snacks will be available for shoppers while supplies last.

“In this time of pandemic, outdoor spaces are our cure and safety net,” Wildman said. “By supporting the refuge’s nature store operations, shoppers are making a difference to an environment that is healthy in more ways than one.”

Masks will be required inside of the store and CDC protocols will be maintained.

The Nature Store2 is at 2250 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.