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First Uniform in Huntington hosts grand opening

February 7, 2019
First Uniform hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — First Uniform hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at 819 6th Ave. in downtown Huntington. First Uniform is a retailer of scrubs, lab coats and medical uniforms, including non-slip shoes designed for medical professionals. First Uniform also offers medical accessories, including blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, thermometers, watches and more.

Tess Moore, who used to work at the Huntington Museum of Art, is the manager of the new business.

“We had a soft opening on Dec. 10, but today we celebrate the grand opening with everyone who made this a reality,” Moore said.

A portion of the proceeds from the store’s sales goes to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, which was created in 1983 to support the mission of the hospital and to heighten awareness and understanding of the essential role quality health care plays in the local community.

First Uniform has been doing business for years with Cabell Huntington Hospital, but through a partnership with the hospital’s foundation and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary.

“In years past, First Uniform would set up in the atrium of the hospital for employees to purchase items through payroll deductions, which will be offered here as well,” Moore explained. “But now employees and the general public can shop here all year long for what they need every day, except Sunday.”

Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and closed on Sunday.

Tim Leo, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is the owner of First Uniform and said this is the 10th location of First Uniform, but the first that is not inside a hospital.

Mozelle Medcalf, president of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary, said the partnership with the hospital, the foundation and First Uniform gives an opportunity to express care for the community.

“The monies raised by the Auxiliary go to benefit both the patients of the hospital and the community,” she said. “This gives us more presence and outreach into the community and we can see that the things we are doing are benefiting everyone.”

Bradley Burck, vice president of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, said taking the partnership to a location downtown is a great step for everyone.

“The hospital is committed to making the community better and this is a great way to help accomplish that commitment,” he said. “It is very exciting to be part of the continued revitalization of downtown Huntington.”

Burck said the building was donated to the hospital by Mary Hodges.

“This was her family’s building. Her husband was a doctor and had this location as an office,” he said.

For more information about First Uniform, call them at 681-204-3191, visit the Facebook page, or find them online at www.firstuniform.com.

GIOVANNI’S: The new Giovanni’s of Huntington opened on Monday, Jan. 28, at 2002 3rd Ave. in the former Arora Grill & Cafe location in downtown Huntington.

The owners said it was a business decision to rebrand the business into a Giovanni’s since it used to be in the same exact location a few years ago.

The business is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Deliver and pickup services are available by calling 681-378-3459. For more information and complete listing of menu items visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtowngiovannis/.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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