Glendale's latest boutique is more than just a spot to find fashionable items at bargain prices. It is a launching pad for teens working to overcome emotional and developmental disabilities.
Last week, the operators of Tobinworld, a school for autistic and developmentally disabled students, opened Tobinworld Treasures, a glittering gift shop where students will get a chance to learn the retail ropes.
Tobinworld Executive Director Judy Weber conceived the idea, picked the items for sale — from leather jackets and costume jewelry to stuffed animals, children's toys and men's watches — and dressed up the building with mirrored walls and an eye-catching black storefront.
She did it, she said, for the 300 students from school districts around Los Angeles County who attend her school.
"I worry about them when they graduate and leave us," Weber said as well-wishers buzzed around the store on opening day.
Tobinworld administrator Aurelia Yamashiro manages the store, supervising teens who get class credit for working one-hour shifts manning the cash register and greeting customers. In all, 26 students have been trained on credit card transactions, cash registers and store operations.