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Sweet charity: L.A.'s Downtown Women’s Center opens a boutique and cafe

April 28, 2011 |  7:00 am

Dwc The Downtown Women's Center (DWC), which provides housing and community support for homeless women in L.A., is debuting its own gift store and cafe this Friday.

MADE by DWC will sell handmade products created by the women of DWC, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting those women.

Products sold in the store will include handmade scarves, ceramic housewares, handbags and jewelry.

A handful of local businesses donated their expertise to the project, including Bloomingdale’s Century City, which provided retail management and store merchandising training. Groundworks coffee is providing the coffee and tea (and training women to be baristas.) The cafe will also boast organic seasonal-inspired food prepared by downtown's Tiara Cafe.

The store and cafe were "created to break the cycle of poverty and chronic unemployment by helping low-income and homeless women discover their talents and develop their skills through job readiness training and product development opportunities," said a spokesperson for the organization. 

We couldn't think of a better reason to gift shop.

Starting this Friday, MADE by DWC will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Ceramics made by DWC women, for sale at the new store. Credit: Holt Photography