New Jackson business aims to give back to community

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – City officials say they are revitalizing Downtown Jackson. Now, one more business has set up shop there. But, with a twist.

Clothes, shoes, and kitchen items are some of the things you can buy at Notch 8. But, they come to Jackson not in the hopes of making money for themselves but, to help the under served.

Notch 8 CEO Neil Fernandes said, “as a for-profit business, the goal of Notch 8 is to donate 100-percent of our profits to local community groups that are doing work in and about our communities so that they don’t have to go around fundraising on a daily basis.”

This non-profit store is the only one of its kind in Downtown Jackson.

“The loft community downtown, right now doesn’t have an outlet downtown to shop. To get the general goods, to get that soap they need for showers or to get the kitchen wares that they need for their pantries and kitchen,” said Fernandes.

Meaning the more you buy, the more money goes back to the community. Which is why they chose their location on 125 W. Michigan Ave.

Jackson Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Nathan Mack said, “the mission of Notch 8 and Rise Above (Jackson), the non-profit that he works for, you know he’s helping to fund is a really great thing and is providing something that’s sorely needed in Downtown Jackson.”

The owners of Notch 8 are looking for more place to give back such as the Jackson Inter-Faith Shelter.

And, the people who work there are volunteers doing community service.

“Tell people about us,” quips Fernandes.

Which means it’s not just the owners who are giving back.

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