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Clothing store opens doors

By Staff | Apr 8, 2011

(Chronicle photos by Tyler Miller) Conscious Clothes owners Thomas Delauney and Dylan Banker, just days after opening, work in their new store on German Street. The two opened the store with environmentally friendly products to positively impact the community.

Conscious Clothes, the newest store in Shepherdstown, opened this past Friday, April 1, and its owners, Dylan Banker and Thomas Delauney, came up with the idea for the environmentally friendly store because they wanted to be a part of something positive within the community.

Their mission is to make eco-friendly, hemp, organic cotton and fair trade products more accessible and affordable to the community. The store will also support companies which donate money and supplies to charitable causes and organizations world wide.

“One of the companies we buy from is called Rise Up,” Banker said. “So far they have opened three schools in India and for every wholesale order we place, it funds a child’s education.”

The best-friend team wanted to ensure that everything in their store would have a conscious meaning so people would feel good about shopping there, knowing they were doing something that would benefit others.

“Out of Print is another company which we buy from. They work with the organization Books For Africa and supply books to schools there,” Banker said.

Conscious Clothes offer eco-friendly fashions at a more affordable price to community members. Another aspect of the store’s mission is to donate money and supplies to organizations around the world.

The idea for the store has been a longtime dream for the two, Delauney said. And with help from other business owners in the community they were able to find the retail space and move forward with opening the business.

Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is located at 121 W. German St. For more information, visit the Conscious Clothes Facebook page by searching “Conscious Clothes” or email consciousclothes@hotmail.com.