COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center celebrated the grand opening of Columbia City’s the Cottage Gift Shop with a ribbon cutting last week.

The gift shop, currently featuring a wide assortment of Christmas items, was created to raise funds to support the ongoing work of the Impact Center Food Pantry.

If you are looking for a great gift item that is easy on the budget and helps a good cause in our community, this is the place for you, Chamber Director Jennifer Romano said. Located at 500 W. Van Buren St. in Columbia City, the shop helps fund the mission of the Impact Center Food Pantry. When a purchase is made, 100 percent of funds are used for the operational costs of the food pantry that helps those in need with groceries and food vouchers to help eliminate hunger in Whitley County.

The shop features new and nearly new items that are perfect for gift giving. The selection of merchandise changes with the season. Right now shoppers can find ornaments, candles, Santas, snowmen and more.

Stop by the shop 1-5 p.m. Thursdays and pick up something special for under the Christmas tree. After the holidays, check back for Valentine’s Day merchandise.