Martha's Vineyard Community Service's Chicken Alley Thrift Shop will reopen to the Island community June 23 at 11:00 a.m., according to an announcement from MVCS.

Anyone who makes a donation of $5 or more to MVCS ( from June 17 to June 21 will be entered into a drawing to be the first customer in the door, with 15 minutes to shop alone after cutting the grand reopening ribbon at 10:45 a.m. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on June 22. 

The shop has been operating throughout the pandemic with an online store and curbside pickup for neighbors in need.

“We have missed our customers and donors dearly and are thrilled to be opening our doors again,” said shop manager Jessica Tartell said in a statement. “We understand the demand to accept donations is high, and will do our best to accommodate everyone, but ask that folks be patient, kind and respectful to staff and fellow customers during this transition.”

The following rules will be in effect:

·        Six adult shoppers are allowed in the store at one time. Customers may be asked to wait—six feet apart—outside until a space is available inside the store.

·        Children may accompany parents and must remain supervised while in the store.

·        Masks and face coverings are required of everyone over the age of 2 in the store.

·        Hands must be sanitized on the way in.

·        Remain six feet (or three chickens) apart from fellow shoppers and staff members while in the store.

·        No reusable bags will be permitted. Chicken Alley will provide shopping bags if needed.

·        Donations will be accepted only by appointment, with no exceptions. For those wishing to donate, please call 508-693-2278.