New Store Gives Back to Community

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COLUMBIA - Today marks Altar'd State's grand opening at the Columbia Mall. This is also the third Altar'd State's shop to open in Missouri.

Altar'd State is a faith-based give back store, selling women's apparel. It has about 30 boutiques around the region, and the team said they hope to continue expanding.

Store manger Amanda Randolph said while Altar'd provides fashionable alternatives to young women, their main mission is to change the world by making a difference.

"We sell give back brands like Tom's Shoes, and our own Altar'd State brand actually, a percentage of our sales from those go to fund an orphanage in Haiti," Randolph said. "They help kind of feed, clothe and educate children all over the world. And we're really just all about raising awareness to those less fortunate than us and really doing our best to give back."

Altar'd State holds a charity event every Monday, also known as "Mission Mondays."
On "Mission Mondays," 10 percent of all sales benefit the local organization the company picks.

Randolph said the team tries to have a different theme each month.

The theme for July and August is disaster relief and all funds from sales will go to the American Red Cross for the next two months.

More than 100 customers visited the shop today and the Altar'd State team hopes to see more by the end of the day.

Altar'd State isn't the only local store that benefits local charity.

According to Chico's website, Chico's has partnered with the Children's Miracle Network hospitals since 2011 and accepts donations from customers when they buy any Chico's clothing.