Goodwill Manasota hosting free fashion consulting workshops at local stores

Workshops led by First Impression Image Consulting to address personal image and selecting clothing that flatters

Published Thursday, May 12, 2016

Image Consulting ClassesSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota has partnered with First Impression Image Consulting to provide free fashion consulting workshops for members of the community. Beginning on May 19 and continuing through June 30, the workshops will be held on Thursdays at lunch time and evenings at several Goodwill retail stores throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties (see dates and locations below).

During each session, groups of up to 25 people will be treated to an hour of fashion dos and don’ts with Sharon Stewart, owner of First Impression Image Consulting. One lucky participant from each session will be chosen at random to browse the store with Stewart to create an outfit that incorporates the elements of the look that is most appropriate for them, and presented with a $25 Goodwill gift card to be applied toward the purchase of the items selected.

“One of the things that is most fun about shopping at Goodwill is the vast quantity and quality of clothing we have available on the shelves. No matter someone’s size or preferred style, we can almost guarantee there’s something for everyone on our shelves,” said Goodwill Manasota Foundation vice president Veronica Brandon Miller. “Sometimes people get into a rut, or they want to try something new but don’t know where to start, or maybe they’re looking for a job and could gain self-confidence through some new clothes. Sharon Stewart will be able to help people find the look that’s most complimentary for them – we’re grateful to her for offering this opportunity for the members of our community.”

Dates, times and locations for the fashion consulting workshops are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 26, 12-1pm and 5:30-6:30pm, Corporate Campus (2715 51st Ave. E., Bradenton)
  • Thursday, June 2, 12-1pm, Ranch Lake (8750 E SR 70, Bradenton)
  • Thursday, June 2, 5:30-6:30pm, North Trail Mecca (5150 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota)
  • Thursday, June 16, 12-1pm and 5:30-6:30pm, Honore (1704 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota)
  • Thursday, June 23, 12-1pm, Shoppes of North Port (14879 Tamiami Tr., North Port)
  • Thursday, June 23, 5:30-6:30pm, Rialto (676 S. Tamiami Tr., Venice)
  • Thursday, June 30 , 12-1pm, Ranch Lake (8750 E SR 70, Bradenton)
  • Thursday, June 30, 5:30-6:30pm, North Trail Mecca (5150 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota)

Space is limited; Goodwill recommends early registration at to hold a spot for the workshop most convenient for you.

PHOTO ID: The fashion consulting workshops will help participants to find clothing that best suits them so they can dress for success

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit