Who doesn’t enjoy shopping? At The Peninsula, an assisted living and memory support community in Hollywood, residents have the convenience of shopping boutiques that come to the community. Several times a week the mobile boutiques unload their merchandise and set up table displays in the community’s lobby.
“We have a good variety of vendors who regularly visit,” said Michelle Hertz, resident programming director. “All of our vendors are preapproved. Products need to be senior friendly and fit the socioeconomic level of our residents and staff.”
Residents and staff enjoy the convenience of the traveling boutiques. It means they can find beauty products, accessories and clothes without leaving the community. About five different vendors visit throughout the month.
“As more and more gentlemen have moved to The Peninsula, we needed to find a vendor with men’s clothing. Now A & B Men’s Sportswear and Ladies Shoes visits once a month with merchandise geared to men,” added Hertz. “People find it convenient to pick up a gift for relatives or something that spices up their wardrobe. At our residents’ age it’s difficult for them to tackle a mall and this makes it so easier.”
At The Peninsula, Barbara & Mel bring handcrafted jewelry while the ladies of Rachel’s Hidden Treasures offer accessories and purses. Rita’s Handmade Jewelry and Organic Lotions bring residents samples and complimentary hand massages. Treats for Soldiers sells beaded jewelry and proceeds benefits care packages sent to the military.
The vendors are very patient and seem to enjoy the interaction with everyone.