Miss Bohemia? Try the YWCA

2014-04-13T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T12:20:28Z Miss Bohemia? Try the YWCABy Kristen Cook Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 13, 2014 12:00 am  • 

For people who loved one-of-a-kind gifts and shopping local, losing Bohemia was a crushing blow.

The 9-year-old store, at Broadway and Country Club Road, was known for its fun vibe and support of local artisans. It closed two years ago, a victim of the economic downturn. But the force behind Bohemia, Tana Kelch, has re-created the beloved spot — on a much smaller scale — at the YWCA Tucson, 525 N. Bonita Ave.

Galleria Art and Gifts at the YW features the work of 10 local female artists — along with some YWCA swag — tucked into a few glass cases, a wooden cabinet and along the walls.

Artists sell on consignment and revenue goes toward YWCA programs.

It’s a different way of raising money, says Kelch, who is the organization’s sales and marketing manager.

“It’s not just writing grants,” she says of the creative fundraising. “We want to change the nonprofit model. It only helps the clientele we work with.”

Beneath a metal awning frame strewn with white lights, customers can browse magnets, jewelry, pottery and cute, kitschy wooden decorations like a flying pig. Prices range from $5-$500, with the average being $30-$50.

Says Kelch, “Buy a gift and make a difference.”

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