As promised, some Carytown news for your Monday evening: Boaz & Ruth, a local non-profit store will be opening a location for 3 months at 3445 W. Cary St (across from the McDonald’s) in the old Martha’s Mixtures building.

Boaz & Ruth provides job training for folks just released from prison. It started out training people in furniture restoration and in running a retail store. It has since expanded with other business ventures, including a moving company, house restoration, catering, and a cafe. The used and antique furniture store now has 2 locations, the original in Highland Park (3030 Meadowbridge Rd.) and one at 3rd & Main St. downtown.

Why are they opening a third location for only 3 months in Carytown?

Martha Rollins, the Martha in Martha’s Mixtures, used her expertise in running an antique furniture store to start Boaz and Ruth; she recently decided to close Martha’s Mixtures and focus her energy on Boaz and Ruth. The building in Carytown is for sale (may have already sold, actually?), but until the real estate deal is finished, Martha decided to use the space as another location for Boaz & Ruth’s furniture business.

There’s a confusing conglomeration of signs out front (but none telling the hours!), but don’t be intimidated. The nice people at the store told me they’re open 10-5, Monday – Saturday.

So go get some inexpensive used or antique furniture and help out a good cause while it lasts – in Carytown at least. Then after that, be sure to check out their other 2 stores.